ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Policing and Citizens

Why is there so little public debate on police reforms?

A corrupt, poorly-trained police force is routinely blamed by the public and the media for the increasing crimes; yet, there is little discussion about the Supreme Court’s (SC) unimplemented seven-year-old ruling on police reforms.

The response of most states has been half-hearted. For instance, Maharashtra filed an affidavit in the SC stating that as its directions involve executive powers and functions of state governments, any recommendations made binding on the states would be contrary to the constitutional scheme. Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh too have made known their unwillingness to abide by the Court’s order while other states have simply ignored it.

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