The crime rates in Japan have been steadily falling. The murder rate is lowest in the world, and the last fatal shooting incident occurred in 2015. Soon, the Police in Japan will have no crimes to solve. They don’t know what to do.
Even in India, the police don’t know what to do. But not because there is no crime. But, because, there is so much to do that they don’t know where to begin. The report by the National Crime Records Bureau suggests slight increase in all kinds of crime every year, with no down curve in nefarious activities.
In Japan, the ratio of officers to population is very high. In India, one policeman protects 720 people, making it the lowest police to people ratio in the world.
Up to 90 per cent of Indian Police officers currently work for more than eight hours a day. Half of the police force is called to duty on their off days.
There should be an officer for every 454 people, according to UN standards quoted in the South Asian Terrorism Portal. Using those standards, Bihar needs more than three times as many police officers.
The fact is our police force is over-burdened and under-compensated. No wonder, every beat cop is looking away from illegal activity, and every traffic cop is looking to dig deep in your pocket for breaking traffic rules. You know you are in for a bargaining game when your vehicle is stopped by the Signal wala mama.
In Japan, the theft of a cycle could draw serious attention from police because they have time to do their duty. Here, in India, the police station will register your FIR, but you can be sure that they do not have the time to look into petty theft like pick pocketing, when there is long to do list full of murder, rape and riot.
And yet, the Indian police does its best. Just visit the twitter page of any metro city’s police authorities to see how active and responsive they are. While the nation celebrates Diwali and Eid, they are on duty, ensuring that you are safe. Come rain and heat, they are still on their beat.
So, the next time, you feel like the system owes you, just take a moment to salute the men in khakhi. Because we are a long way from Japan, where the police can afford to do nothing, while the Indian police corps does its best to do everything for your safety.
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