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‘Our constables live worse than animals’ – The Times of India


Guns are only a small part of the story

Drawing SHRC’s attention to the sub-standard dwellings provided to lower-rung cops of the city police, advocate Sushan Kunjuraman, in his petition, stated: “Our policemen live worse than animals and we expect so much from them. A Mumbai police constable lives in a 180-sq-ft room. The housing areas are so small that most of the family sleeps in the corridor or on stairs.”

The petition further states that most constables are overworked. “They are frustrated and rude. How can we expect good policing if we can’t provide them with decent housing,” the advocate asked. (via ‘Our constables live worse than animals’ – The Times of India).

The crime scene in India

India have a low prison population, with a poor police-to-population ratio and a crime rate which is not above the average – in spite of a large civilian gun population.

All the 5 indices (below) create a bias for a lawless Indian society and rampant crime. With these five indices, going against a stable social system, how does current day India manage low-to-average crime rates.

  1. India has the lowest per capita prison population in the world. (‘put more criminals behind bars’)
  2. India also has the lowest police-to-population ratio in the world. (‘increase police force’)
  3. India has the second highest national gun stock in the world. (‘more guns means more crime’)
  4. India has the largest number of poor in the world. (‘it is poverty which the root of all crime’)
  5. Capital punishment in India is again at low levels. (‘kill enough criminals to instill fear’)

Western thinking and systems of law and order predict that India should have the highest crime rate in the world – which is not true. India has low-to-average crime rate compared to the Rest of the World.

And sub-human living conditions is what police constables get!

The facts behind the story

Historically, trade in India is governed by शुभ लाभ ‘shubh labh’ – and hence Indians have not been major players in drugs proliferation (unlike Japan, the West in which traded Opium in Korea and China) or in slave trade. In modern times, though India is a power in computing industry, India is not a big player in spamming or in software virus.


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  1. pravin
    November 14, 2009 at 11:51 am

    I disagree that ‘India’ is not a major player in the ‘drugs’ trade. Well, maybe not today. But for centuries India was the largest exporter of opium. I think we are still the biggest source of marijuana for the world.

    The whole picture is thus: Trade is amoral. It is always shubh labh. Indians never ‘criminalized’ trade in drugs until the Brown-raj of today gave into the pressure of the ugly UN and US who were caught up in the self righteousness of the post hippie era. Marijuana is considered a sacred herb and not a drug in Indian traditions. Not for the sarkar though. They’ll put you into jail for selling it.

    It is unIndian to criminalize trade in drugs. The govt of today is totally ignorant of Indian traditions. Otherwise the tribals in the north east and so called naxal areas would have brewed their wonderful mahua and traded their way out of poverty. But of course, for the Indian State,they are just ignorant Adivasis who want to peddle intoxicants.

  2. November 14, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Awesome. Your reading of the situation.

    I must qualify my statements.

    1. Any trading in misery or misfortune cannot be shubh labh. To see people destroying their lives due to drug addiction is not a pretty sight. Industrial scale production and trade in heroin, LSD, et al cannot be seen in positive light – unlike cottage industry level production by tribals and forest dwelling natives.

    2. The kind of drug consumption that Indian society approved, sanctioned was small scale, which allowed recreational use. This freedom of production and use ensured that Indians did not become a nation of drug addicts or alcoholism – like in China or Russia. Indians did not need the crutches of drugs and alcohol to deal with their poverty and misfortune.

    3. The de-legitimization of drugs in the last 15-20 years under the US /UN auspices has predictably made the trade go underground and increased corruption. The ‘superior’ attitude of the State that it knows best – and its prescriptive behaviour is something that has to end.

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