Guest post by ANUSHA RIZVI
Ms. Shiela Dixit, Chief Minister Delhi NCR
Mr. Sushil Kumar Shinde, Home Minister, India
Mr. Tejendar Khanna, Lt. Governor, Delhi NCR
This is to clarify a small misunderstanding. I know a part of the protests made you believe that women in Delhi are asking to take policemen away from their VIP duties and put them on Delhi streets. This is incorrect. Many of the protestors are too young to understand
Ma’am and Sirs, the roads are unsafe enough. All Delhi women know – when you see a Delhi policeman, you run. This is what our mothers taught us. This is what we teach our children. I sincerely request you to increase VIP duties for all cops in the Delhi National Capital Region. Please don’t waste your time and energy transferring or suspending any of these gentlemen. All you have to do is ensure no cops are given non-VIP duties.
I also suggest that you open small Bribe Corners in all thanas across the Delhi NCR (from public money, of course). That way we can ensure that the policemen don’t ever need to step out on Delhi roads. This will go a long way in ensuring safety and security of all individuals, by which I mean non-VIP individuals. However, do plan for parking space at the bribe corners; I anticipate huge traffic.
Adjacent to the Bribe Corner (BC), build the Evidence Room (ER). This will ensure a direct flow between BC and the investigative arm of the police. This will increase productivity and promote a standardised system of governance.
The government can save a lot of money in the cost of vehicles, petrol, transmitters, talkies, even shoes. I am sure your department can draw up a more exhaustive list. A small part of the money saved can go in ensuring the well-being of the police personnel. There can be libraries of films, magazines, violent and very violent video games (I strongly recommend 3D monitors). All parliamentarians should also be allowed the use of this space.
It’s unfortunate that so many women, and in so many varied clothing, and so late at night are often out on Delhi streets. This definitely creates a law and order crisis. I sympathise. However, their numbers are large. And the chances are that they also vote. I think it will take a lot more effort to revoke universal adult franchise, than removing policemen from Delhi streets.
Finally, I want to make a small personal request. Please remove all women from the police force. I know this doesn’t do much given their insignificant presence but it’s aesthetically displeasing for me as a filmmaker. In doing so, you will be helping Indian cinema in its hundredth year.
I hope that you will consider these suggestions and act on them swiftly.
PS: Whatever you may choose to tell the nation, make sure you tell your grandchildren to run the moment they see a policeman coming to them.
(Anusha Rizvi is a filmmaker in Delhi. She directed the film Peepli [Live].)
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