Aug. 30, 2019

A new report titled “Status of Policing in India Report 2019: Police Adequacy and Working Conditions” was released by Common Cause and the Lokniti programme of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS).

Key findings of the report: 

  • 28% police personnel believe that pressure from politicians is the biggest hindrance in a crime investigation. The other obstacles cited were related to society, legal systems and internal working systems in police. 

  • 38% personnel reported always facing pressure from politicians in cases of crime involving influential persons. Roughly one third also reported “always” facing pressure from their seniors in the police force. 

  • 50 % of police personnel feel that Muslims are likely to be “naturally prone” to committing crimes. 

  • 35 % of police personnel think it is natural for a mob to punish the “culprit” in cases of cow slaughter, and 43 % think it is natural for a mob to punish someone accused of rape. 

  • 37 per cent personnel feel that for minor offences, a small punishment should be handed out by the police rather than a legal trial.