Common Cause and Centre for the Study Developing
Societies has released Status of Policing in India Report 2019. The report
highlights the dismal work conditions in which the police operate in India.
According to the report, the police force work
with just 3/4th of its required capacity. An average police officer works for
14 hours a day, six hours more than what the Model Police Act recommends
The study also found a decline in the total
strength of women in the police from 11.4% in 2007 to 10.2% in 2016. Tamil Nadu
had highest representation of women at 12.9% in 2016
The report stated that 28% police personnel
believe that pressure from politicians is the biggest hindrance in a crime
investigation. The other obstacles cited were related to society, legal systems
and internal working systems in police
According to the report, 50% of Indian policemen
believes that Muslims are “very much” or “somewhat” prone to committing crimes.
One-third of policemen also believe that people from Schedule Caste are prone
to committing crimes.
The survey also found that while the police
personnel were sufficiently trained on physical parameters, weaponry and in
crowd control, many lacked training on modules of new technology, cybercrime or