New Delhi: Appointing a battalion of cops and providing them modern arms is not sufficient to secure the nation from the new challenges like terrorist attacks. In order to instill fear of police in the minds of the rogue elements, it is important to make apt provisions for the police force across the nation.

From appointment to the promotion level, the Indian police force needs serious and earliest reforms. But the recent performance of the cops during a routine test in Lucknow – when 1 policeman died and 23 others fainted during physical examination - as well as the death of Faiz Usmani in Mumbai during police interrogation are examples of states lackadaisical attitude in bringing serious transformation in the department.

Former Border Security Force (BSF) chief, Prakash Singh said, "Even after five years of Supreme court directives on police reforms, the matter is lying in a negligent state with both the Central and the State governments. Majority of states have legislated new rules, but analysis reveal that these rules are not much beneficial."

Notably, on the basis of plea filed by Prakash Singh in 2006, the Supreme Court had issued directives related to Police reforms.


On a similar note, Director of Human Rights Initiative, Maja Daruwala opined, “None of the states implemented the directives issued by the Supreme Court. Even the most crucial aspect of the order, to form Police Complain Authority (PCA) is not been considered and has not been formed. Those states which have formed it have intentionally made it abject."

Pointing at the importance of unbiased attitude of Police Commission, former Mumbai Police Commissioner Julio Ribeiro said the Commission should be impartial so that deserving candidates should be appointed to major posts.
 
“Though Police Commission has been formed in Mumbai, but no meeting has been conducted so far. Similarly, to appoint former Police Officer PS Pascricha on the basis of recommendation of Chief Minister raises question on the overall process of proposed police reforms," said Ribeiro.

JPN/Bureau