Policing the Nation in the 21st Century: An Appraisal of the Proposed Reforms
Mriganka Shekhar Dutta & Marico Baruah*
Volume 1 Issue 1 (2008)
The subject matter of this paper deals with the status of police reforms being implemented in India. The issue has been addressed in a number of Supreme Court cases and also in several Committee Reports, which have prepared the groundwork for a radical change in the Indian Police system. These recommendations form the crux of this paper, and we have made a critical analysis of those recommendations to moot a feasible mechanism for the effective implementation of the same. An appraisal of the suggested reforms is all the more important because the new mechanism has been designed to meet the futuristic needs of the new millennium. Recommendations aimed at minimizing political interference in the functioning of the police, have be looked into. Special effort has been made to understand the radical reforms like bifurcation of the force, so as to objectively assess their desirability. In order to have a comprehensive understanding of the subject matter of the paper, the nature of police functions in other countries has been discussed. We have also made a suggestive examination of the feasibility of such drastic changes in the policing system to face the challenges of 21st century.