Satyamev Jayate 2 episode 2: Aamir Khan discusses the police system of India

After talking about sexual crime against women, the second episode of Satyamev Jayate 2 dealt with an important issue – making police force people friendly

Last week, Aamir Khan created a stir after he touched upon the grave issue of increasing rapes in the country. This week on Satyamev Jayate 2, Aamir highlighted the current scenario of the police system of India. The aim of the episode was to come up with solutions to the existing system.

The episode began with shocking revelations by IPS officers. Abhinav Kumar revealed that the working conditions and resources aren’t adequate in most thanas and police chowkis. Also basic facilities such as electricity and telephone services were missing at most police stations. In addition to these, there are inadequate monetary resources. Following this, retired IPS officer Prakash Singh confessed that  police in the country is not people’s police, but is rulers’ police.

The current state of India’s police force was discussed. It was revealed that 92 percent of the total police force consists of constables. These men in khaki have the toughest job since they are expected to be on duty 24/7 without any holidays and most times due to the nature of their work, they do not go home for days. To top all of this, they are underpaid. The hafta that constables collect has several claimants. It was shocking to hear the state of trainee constables. The trainees are often harassed by senior police officers and made to do their personal household chores.

Mr Perfectionist touched upon an important issue in the second episode of Satyamev Jayate 2 – the need to change the police act that was formulated by the British way back in 1961. During the episode, Kerala Governemnt’s Janamaithri scheme to implement a people friendly policing style was discussed. Every lockup in Kerala has camera, to keep a tab on the torture on jail inmates.

The episode concluded with possible solutions for making the police more efficient. These included adequate resources, training, sufficient salaries, right working conditions and working hours. People friendly police department can be a reality only if the police force is independent from any political influence.