MANGALORE: Majority of the complaints from the SC/ST community members raised at the SC/ST grievances meeting held here on Sunday was against the police department. Dalit organization leaders suggested awareness programmes on courtesy and human relations for the lower rank police personnel.
Dalit leaders including Nirmal Kumar, A S Ananda and others brought to the notice of the district Superintendent of Police A S Rao several incidents where the police did not cooperate in filing cases under the SC/ST Atrocities Act or insulted dalit leaders or members when they approached police stations. They also suggested conducting meetings at the dalit colonies instead of police stations.
Kumar said the police need to be sensitized on dealing with dalits. Rao conceded that it was not a welcome development that the SC/STs were upset with the police. He said the cases brought to his notice at the meeting would be investigated. At the same time steps would be taken to bring in reforms among the police personnel, he said and added that sensitizing the police was a long term process. The issues would be taken up at the refresher course to be held in February, he added.
About the SC/ST grievances meetings not being held regularly at police stations, he said of the 28 stations in the district he had received reports only from one police station. The matter would be looked into seriously, he said.
Reference From Times Of India