Policing India is a highly challenging role. The morale of the police force is abysmally low. Reasons for that are not hard to seek given the unending political interference, woeful working conditions and modest salary. A high stress job that demands 24×7 availability, policing has come in for fair bit of criticism. Many a time the criticism is fair for there is evidence of high handedness and unbecoming conduct. A case in point being the latest #KhakiShame episode involving a Mumbai couple. Earlier Delhi Police was in the dock for acting prematurely and being indiscreet. A few rotten apples don’t obviously define the whole force. For one bad cop there are hundreds who do their job sincerely. Giving the ‘dog’ a bad name and hanging it will only push the force into deeper morass; need to separate wheat from the chaff.


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