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When a police officer turned storyteller

india Updated: Sep 05, 2009 23:05 IST

How many times does a cop find himself being grilled by a five-year-old for being late? DCP (South) HGS Dhaliwal turned story-teller for an evening at the Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre. The institute has begun story-telling sessions for its paediatric in-patients.

Uday Foundation, an NGO, plans to invite some guest of repute to hold a story session in the hospital on Saturdays. Dhaliwal was the first to hold a story-telling session this Saturday.

Seeing a DCP up close and personal fascinated children present during the session, especially five-year-old Yash Chaudhary.

Instead of listening to stories Dhaliwal had in store, Yash seemed more interested in the uniform the officer was wearing.

Coming back from a meeting, Dhaliwal was a little late for the session.

“Why are you so late?” asked Yash. To which Dhaliwal jokingly replied, “In India the police is always late.”

Dhaliwal interacted with the children admitted with serious heart ailments and also told them stories out of his experiences in the field.

“The idea of police in these young minds is based on what they see on television. This way they get to know what the force is all about,” he said.

The parents of the kids present were equally excited about the presence of a cop with some popular solved cases under his belt. They stole the moment to ask him about some of his talked-about cases like that of Om Prakash alias Bunty’s — the notorious kingpin of the biker gang, who had created havoc in the city.

Dr Krishna S Iyer, director, paediatric center of the hospital, said, “No matter how friendly we make it here, severely ill children and their parents tend to get stressed in the hospital atmosphere. These things take their minds off their immediate problems for some time.”

“It’s indeed a positive effort, and I think it’ll do children really good,” said Malti Chaudhary, a housewife from Ghaziabad, whose 5-year-old son Yash is admitted in the hospital since last one-and-a-half-months.

Uday foundation — an NGO dedicated to the cause of severely ill children—gathered 400 volunteers, who would be reading out stories to the children.