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This Class 12 Student Tells Us All Why We Need to Give More Respect to Our Police Force

Vikramaditya Dewangan, a student of Class 12 writes about the discrimination police officials face when it comes to receiving the respect they deserve, and why the country needs to change that.

Name an office that is open 24 hours a day for 7 days a week?

Every police station in the country, isn’t it? But in spite their hard work and dedication, do we as citizens of India pay the kind of respect to police officers that they deserve? The whole nation mourns whenever there is news about a martyred Army jawan. Messages of condolence pour in from every corner of the country – be it from those in the ruling party, the opposition, or the common man, everyone feels the loss of an invaluable life. And that is how it should be. But the question now is, why does the country not express sorrow in the same way when a policeman or state armed force jawan attains martyrdom in an encounter. Why this discrimination when it comes to pay homage to them? Are those lives not as important? When the Army brings down terrorists, the whole nation applauds and there is a sense of pride in the air.

But when the police accomplish such a feat, do we celebrate the same way? The answer is a big no!

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Chhattisgarh police’s motto is Paritranaya Sadhunam that means to protect the good. Just think about a policeman trapped in a naxal ambush knowing that if he dies there, not many will care. Some people say that people don’t respect the police because they are corrupt, based on some incidences. But then every organisational setup has its flaws. Even I had a bitter experience with the police once, but that does not mean that their thousands of good deeds should be overshadowed. There might be a small fraction of people in the police force that is corrupt, but we should not undermine the entire selfless force. From violent protests to communal violence, the police force becomes the protector of innocent people at all times. Be it Diwali, Holi or any other festival, they celebrate it all by doing their duty, away from their families.

Whenever we come home late without any sensation of fear, the credit goes to these unsung police officers.

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Picture for representation only. Source: Flickr

After all, every society gets a police force it deserves because police men and women in the uniform are also a part of the society itself. Whenever the traffic police stops us for not wearing a helmet or for parking at the wrong spot, instead of paying the fine we feel better in arguing with the cop; ultimately it’s us stopping them from doing their duty honestly. So it’s our moral duty to respect our unsung heroes.

I hope I have ignited a little respect in your hearts for them.

(Written by Vikramaditya Dewangan)

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