Rip the Khaki

“What does police do, O Revered Master?”
“My dears, it has been determined after asking many many people that, in their perception and their experience, all that they do is to torment the people in two ways. In the first they abuse the process of the law. That is, either they frame you in a totally false case or use exaggerated sections of law upon you. Then you can lose your life’s savings on advocates and years of your life running to courts. They can also deny you bail even when it is your due. In the second, they simply break the law—they extort money from you, beat you up, torture you, rape you, or kill you in fake encounters and claim gallantry medals. Hundreds of examples have been cited. Abandon all hope, you who happen to have a brush with the police.”
“Scary, Sire, very scary.”
“Indeed, my dears, even the lowliest of such thugs in khaki has been given a terrifying amount of power by the archaic laws in theory, and by corruption in practice, with which he can easily maim the lives of innocent people.”
Those who indulge in such things are worse than the criminals because they abuse the powers of the state for their own nefarious activities. Such brutes in khaki have reduced India to a police state for the poor and the helpless.”
“The wheels of police move on only two things: money or pressure. The pressure could be political, ‘connections’ or whatever. Once upon a time, they used to take money from one party and oblige them. Now they take money from both and oblige one who pays more.”
“Who is responsible for this extremely sorry state of affairs, O Learned Scholar?”
“None but the IPS officers, my friends, as they are not only intellectually bankrupt, but are most despicable perverts, corrupt, debauch, degenerates also.”
“Police apathy and abuse of power are not just aberrations, attributed to a few deviant individuals. This is very much a systemic failure. The system has failed, because the leadership has failed. The leadership has failed on three fronts: first, they do not know anything and hence they cannot find faults with their subordinates; second, they lack moral authority because they are themselves corrupt; third, they lack the sensitivity needed to address the real issue of abuse of power, by their subordinates. These three failings embolden the subordinates and they commit more atrocities, thereby creating a vicious circle.’
The IAS/IPS officers are such duffers that in 112 years till 2017, not one of the IP/ICS/IPS officer (except Dad, of course) has made any single intellectual contribution to the profession.
“What about Dad, Sire, he is also an IPS officer?”
He is different. Dad has not only written 42 highly-acclaimed non-fiction reference books, he is the ONLY IPS officer who drafted a law (Kerala Police Act 2011), got it passed by the Legislature and was specially commended by the Government of Kerala for that.”
“These two books are ruthless dissections of all the evils in the police of independent India.”
“And note one more thing. Had Mum and Dad criticized the police on their own, perhaps some jealous fool could have argued that the criticism was personal. That’s why, they have backed up their analysis by a formidable array of as many as 148 judgements castigating the police severely—the cops cannot attack the courts, you see.

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