A new report by CHRI throws more light on the gravity of the problem
In 2008, CHRI had published a report on Police Reforms in South Asia titled, Feudal Forces: Reform Delayed – Moving from Force to Service in South Asian Policing. Now, it has come up with this update of the report for 2010, Feudal Forces: Reform Delayed [pdf here] (via Saikat Datta) which captures the pace of reforms and the obstacles that are coming in the way of Police Reforms. The portion pertaining to India, Chapter 3 of the Report, has been uploaded by Pragmatic Euphony here. The chapter is worth a read in its entirety.
Just to provide an example of the challenge India faces in implementing Police Reforms, here is a chart depicting the compliance of various states to the directives of the Supreme Court on the subject.
Here is a quick glance at the recommendations of the Supreme Court on Police Reforms that the above graph refers to:
- Set up state security commissions
- Selection of DGP of the state with a two-year fixed tenure
- Two-year fixed tenure for IG, DIG, SP & SHO
- Separate law and order from investigation
- Set up a Police Establishment Board at state level for postings and transfers
- Set up police complaints authority at district and state level
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