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'Enhance public accountability of police'

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Press Trust Of India
New Delhi, July 04, 2009
First Published: 20:19 IST(4/7/2009)
Last Updated: 20:20 IST(4/7/2009)


Advocating speedy reforms in policing, former Chief Justice of India J S Verma and ex-CEC N Gopalaswami on Saturday emphasised on the need for enhancing public accountability of police.

Addressing a seminar on the 'Making our police effective and people-friendly' in New Delhi, Justice Verma identified "lack of political will" as the biggest stumbling block for carrying out police reforms in the country.

"We will have to build public pressure to force government to carry out police reform in the country as there is a lack of political will for police reforms," he said.

Gopalaswami said police should be given training to interact with the citizens in a polite and responsive way. "Carrying out police reform is very important to ensure police-citizens interfaces," he said.

The first session of the seminar chaired by Justice Verma explored different dimensions of effective policing in the context of human rights, needs of disadvantaged sections, naxal violence and imperatives of national security.

The second session chaired by Gopalaswami discussed ways of improving police-citizen interfaces and enhancing public accountability of the police. The seminar was organised by Common Cause, a public interest organisation established by late H D Shourie.

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