Our lawmakers have become lawbreakers (“The ugly economics of the hafta,” Oct.14). This being the reality, I wonder whether any anti-corruption bill or law would actually get rid of corruption. We are talking of increasing the growth rate of the economy and becoming a superpower by 2020. But are we really heading towards realising that dream? I would say if all policemen are uncorrupted and if they brave intimidating higher-ups and the political class, it would be possible to mitigate corruption in the economy.
A recent survey in Kerala showed that more than 531 police officers are facing trial in criminal cases. I recall a recent incident where a bus passenger was brutally assaulted by co-passengers and the police on the allegation of being a pickpocket. Subsequent enquiries showed that he was innocent and that the culprit was a person who had joined in the act of beating up the unfortunate person.
The situation is the same not only in Delhi but all over the country. Two years ago, an LPG cylinder stored in my compound was stolen. To get a new one I had to get an FIR copy for which I had to make numerous visits to the police station. I even got a lecture from the sub-inspector. As I persisted on wanting an FIR, he took it as being a challenge to his authority and said I could be harassed. I had to change my stand and get only an acknowledgement slip of my complaint.. A police station, a government hospital and a court are the three places where the common man is harassed.