DOING AWAY WITH TRADITION WITHOUT RAISING AN EYEBROW AND BEING PRAISED FOR IT. NOW THAT'S TOUGH! POSSIBLE BUT TOUGH!
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Operation Romeo

Friday, December 23, 2005

It was a nightmare for lovers in a Meerut park recently (source The Telegraph). The police were out in full force to apprehend and humiliate couples. The drive didn't stop there, they proceeded on to physically assaulting the 'culprits'. They had the audacity to do it live on TV. Particularly disturbing was to see a policewoman (or policeman?) venting her frustrations on a petrified girl. Did you see her biceps? No wonder she was so frustrated.
 
 “The police had decided to act after receiving complaints from some traders that young couples kissed each other at the park,” the official said. “The complainants said it was embarrassing for older citizens too see the boys and girls in that state of ‘moral turpitude’.”
 
Police action against loversMoral turpitude? My foot! They were acting on complaints received from traders. Yeah! We know what kind of complaints, the green kind. You say it was a drive against sexual harassment and eave-teasing. It sure didn't look like one. It was just a case of misdirection of pure frustrations of a manly police-woman, who probably doesn't have a love life at all. It also could be an official way of 'copping a feel'.
 
They say it was a drive to curb sleaze and mobile phone camera smut. I agree that such sexcapades are on the rise in India. But for God's sakes have you noticed that most of those filth is done indoors. It is worthless to mention any scandals here as they are known by one too many. You can search yourself on Google.
 
What bugs me is the gross violation of human rights. No person in uniform is allowed to physically assault anyone under any pretext and that's clearly mentioned in their code of conduct. I wonder how those officers graduated from Police Academy. They sure seemed to have learnt nothing.Police slapping a woman
 
But alls well that ends well.  On the basis of a preliminary inquiry, the state government today suspended four police personnel, including the Meerut additional superintendent (city) and two policewomen, and ordered a probe by a retired judge. Serves them right. Do I sound harsh? Let me explain. They are all professional and they should act accordingly. If I make major blunders at my job, I get fired. That was a major blunder. And that policewoman? She needs a makeover.
 
Who needs Robocop?
 

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