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Moral decline abetting crime, feel speakers

india Updated: Oct 04, 2006 15:28 IST

CRIMINALISATION OF politics, `use’ (read misuse) of police by politicians and degradation in social values owing to modernisation are the main causes leading to the increased crime rate in the City and also in the State, opined participants at a debate organised here today.

BJP MLA Laxman Singh Gaud, Madhya Pradesh Mahila Congress president Shobha Oza, Indore SP Anshuman Yadav and retired ADG Surjit Singh expressed their views during a discussion on ‘Aparadh: Aar ya Par, Baap re Baap’ organised by the Indore Press Club here today as part of its `Bahas’ debate series on contemporary burning topics. Journalist Rajesh Chelawat, who was the press and media representative, coordinated the debate.

Pointing out at the very beginning that police work today is influenced by politicians, who are only interested in safeguarding their own interests or saving the ill-acts of those close to them, Surjit Singh said, “If in such a case, a junior policeman falls prey to the politicians’ tactics, this should be treated as a failure on part of the senior-level police officials like IG and DIG.”

Anshuman Yadav said the police opinion is never taken into consideration while planning requirement of the force. Defending the politicians, Gaud said, “Why blame only the politicians? Individuals are responsible too. No doubt the responsibility of those in public life, those who call themselves leaders, is more, but then everybody has to take up his or her share of responsibility.”

He said the increased in crime rate is not just restricted to Indore but the phenomenon is being observed all across the State and the country too. Even the media sometimes projects wrong things; highlights criminals and their heinous acts and thereby contributes to the construed picture, he said.

Shobha Oza said she agreed that politicians of all parties were using the police for their own interests but the police officials themselves sometimes try to save the criminals and not help the common people.

“There is so much political pressure on the policemen that they do not even agree to write FIRs,” she claimed and gave two-three examples of police apathy for the common people owing to political hand.

When she pointed out to the wrong precedent set by the politicians today, Gaud refuted her charges saying the situation was no different in 1990s when there was a Congress government in the State.

What could have been a heated debate owing to charges and counter charges turned out to be a bland affair when Oza quickly pointed out what she is saying is applicable to politicians of all parties.

Apart from presenting the problems faced by the policemen, important being shortage in manpower, SP Yadav said, “Commercialisation has to be blamed for this overall degradation.

Even the children show criminal tendencies from a very young age. Television is one of the factors to influence the society.”

Before concluding, Gaud said, “Though there has been overall degradation, change can be brought about. But that cannot be in a violent way. It has to be a positive approach”.

Oza said, “Politicians have to decide that they would not pressurise the police for wrong things and should not interfere in their working.”

Presenting the media side during conclusion, Chelawat said, “There has been blatant misuse of police machinery by the politicians.

In this new era where social scene is changing, media has not always played its part properly. When the crime rate is increasing, we are busy show casing youth activities in our pages. And when we do write about crime, there is glorification of crime. Journalists and media persons should play a constructive role in the society.”