Human Rights Commission Records more than one lakh inquiries against Police in the last two decades After a case of alleged rape was registered against additional inspector general (AIG, crime) Ranbir Singh Uppal, the Punjab Police high headedness in the public life has come under scanner reminding people of how the police has been blatantly violating law, but have been indulging in the rampant human rights violations. According to sources, there are as many as 55 percent cases of corruption and human rights violations registered with the Punjab Human Rights Commission.In addition, there are more than two dozen cases being investigated by the crime against women cell of the state police, some of which highlight attempts of molestation by the police personnel. It is worth mentioning that if as a common citizen one is facing any problems, one would invariably approach the police for assistance and relief. But when the police personnel fail to uphold their duty towards the common man, the only option left is that of seeking redressal from the Human Rights Commission or the courts. Highlighting this a former member of Human Rights Commission, Thakur Baljinder Singh, disclosed that during his working tenure the commission used to receive various kind of complaints of which around 55 percent cases were registered against the Punjab Police and the number was exorbitantly high. It is pertinent to mention that first time 90 cases registered in 1997 and after that the cases increased rapidly crossing more than a thousand annually as the year 2010 recorded the number of cases as high as 10,338. It was followed by 9825 in 2012 and 9131 in 2013.From 2015 to August 31, 2018, the commission has instituted inquiry in 12,481 cases against the police for failure to take action on complaints filed by common man. The number includes 5,533 cases of the abuse of power, 3,334 cases of false implication of people. It is worth mentioning that authorities claim now only around 3,000 are pending, while remaining cases have been disposed of with recommendations to the government.Politically, the number of cases registered has been almost the same during the Congress and SAD-BJP regimes in the state. In the past 21 years, 2.63 lakh cases of human rights violation have been recorded of which as many as 1.44 lakh are related to Punjab Police. Significantly, approximately 50 Punjab police officers in the rank of SP and above have been allegedly facing criminal charges that are pending in the Human Rights Commission. The sources that most of the cases pertain to police excesses and their failure to take action.
But when PSHRC recommends action, the complaints are probed by police and returned with report that these were found baseless. Even in cases of custodial death when families do come forward and report matter, commission takes suo motu cognizance through media, the police department usually tries its best to avoid action against their employees, which puts all efforts of justice in vain.BOX: I
Nature of complaints
- Two policemen allegedly involved in thrashing a young
woman in full public view in Punjab’s Tarn Taran district.
PAU girl students registered complaint against Punjab
Police Officials for misbehaving with them during a
peaceful protest dharna.
Punjab Police officials misbehaved with the female member
of Human rights Commission.
Two Punjab Police men allegedly lured women into drug
Law student registered a rape case against AIG. of Punjab
Police Few days ago a woman named Jaswinder Kaur was made
to sit on the roof top of Punjab Police vehicle in the village
of Amritsar by Crime branch and made her roam in the
Police officials mercilessly beat a group of boys who were
returning home late at night.
Accept complaints on WhatsApp: PHRC
Turning smart phones smarter, the Punjab State Human Rights Commission has made it an important tool to fight rights violation. The Commission declared its decision to accept complaints on WhatsApp, becoming the first in the country to add a new and more effective dimension to social networking and joke sharing mobile application. The initiative was taken by the Commission;
comprising its chairperson Justice (retired) Iqbal Ahmed Ansari and members Justice (retired) Ashutosh Mohunta and Avinash Kaur, directing to start receiving complaints on the new platforms like Whatsapp too.EOM.
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