Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has strongly criticised the capital's police force. Speaking to Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate, Dikshit said one of the biggest lessons from the recent mass protests over the Delhi gangrape has been the urgent need for the police to change its style of functioning and its attitude towards society.
Below is an excerpt of the interview:
Karan Thapar: People are saying that the police as an institution has failed to reassure, to protect, to give comfort. Would you concede that?
Sheila Dikshit: Yes, I can see that. I also say - alright you have a misunderstanding with the politician remove them, whoever you think needs to be removed. What are you thinking instead of the politicians? What are you thinking instead of with the police force? You need to improve them. You need to select them better and you need to train them better. I cannot say training about politicians, but certainly about police.
Karan Thapar: So would you accept in a sense the first lesson is that the police need to change the way they behave and the way they are perceived?
Sheila Dikshit: And attitude and also their style of functioning. Why is that you and I and all ordinary people hate to go to a thana (police station)? Why is that people shy away from helping somebody who has come into an accident or this girl's case for that matter? So many people pass by. Because inside there is the fear, there is a doubt that if I go to a thana, I will be harassed.
Karan Thapar: How do you tackle this?
Sheila Dikshit: You need to change the system. You need to have much more faith in the people and if you have faith in the police force or in the people, people will have faith in you.
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