65 percent satisfied with policing in the country: Report

NEW DELHI: Around 65 per cent of people find policing satisfactory in the country, according to a report which also stated that Delhi is one of the “worst” states as far as public satisfaction over police help is concerned.

The ‘Status of Policing in India Report 2018’, that studies performance and perceptions concerning police in 22 states, was released here today.

The report says that in Haryana, highest (71 per cent) number of respondents had positive impression of the police in the State. Delhi, along with Kerala and Rajasthan, was among the “worst” states with people not expressing satisfaction with police help, it says.

The report brought out by the Common Cause and Lokniti (CSDS) was based on data sourced from the Nation Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) and the Bureau of Police Research and Development, as well as a perception survey in the 22 states covered by it.

“The general perception about the police should change. The police is not always to be blamed. There is no demarcation or defined role of the police,” former chairman of Law Commission Justice (retd) AP Shah said on the occasion.

The working of police also depends on its linkage with political executive, he said.

As per the report, 85 per cent respondents did not report any contact with the police in last 4-5 years. The report based on five-year data (up to 2016) is categorised into six main themes- crime rate, disposal of cases, diversity of police force, infrastructure, prison data and disposal of cases of crimes against SC/ST, women and children.

One of the findings of the report was that 44 per cent of the respondents reported “significant” fear of the “police torture” in some form or the other. (AGENCIES)