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Rising malpractices tarnish police image

19 December, 2011

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KARACHI: The concept of police department, which is supposed to be act as facilitators, has completely tarnished because of rising malpractices. A common men, who want to get registered his/her complaint, is being frustrated because of unnecessary and complex procedures.

It is an old saying that complexities in public matters have always encouraged corruption in government department. So are the public entities of the country are encounter with.

Despite vowing to eliminate corruption from public departments, the government departments have failed to get momentum to appear on surface because of rise in corruption.

Nobody is allowed in any public department to get a no objection certificate (NOC) for genuine work unless he/she greases the palms of the relevant officials.

The police department has been ranked as top in this corruption race where a common man is being dragged from pillar to post to get lodged his/her complaint for any unusual incident.

Because of soaring corruption in police department, murderers, rapists, dacoits, terrorists and others, who are not allowed to live anymore in the society, are released against undue gains, however, the innocents, who are not capable to pay kickbacks, are remaining behind the bars for years.

This scribe has received a complaint from (A), who lost his bike on his way to home from work in Gulshan-e-Iqbal on the first week of December. The complainant informed the scribe that his bike was snatched at gunpoint near NIPA Chowrangi. He said after this snatching, he immediately went to relevant police station to lodge First Information Report (FIR), but was sent to another police station with the rationale that the area where incident took place did not fall in the jurisdiction of said police station. Then, he moved to another police station where he met same reason. Later, a constable, stood outside the police station, came to him and asked for Rs 500 to get an FIR registered.

Another citizen Kashif shared his experience, saying that he also lost his motorcycle (CG-125) and paid Rs 500 for an FIR and added that after a month or two, he received a phone call that invited him to come to police station as his bike was recovered. When he reached the station, Santari demanded Rs 5,000 and settled the matter at Rs 1,000 as 'Mithai' and for the removal of bike number from City Police Liaison Committee.

After listening the experiences of the citizens, this scribe has come to a conclusion that the police department needs reforms from top to bottom. The authorities concerned have to take remedial measures for restructuring the police department, which will not only help minimise the crime ratio but also facilitate the citizens in day-to-day corresponding with the law enforcers.

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