(Public Administration Paper II / Chapter: Law and Order
Current Question : JNU violence has raised questions about the conduct of Police and onus is on the
force to restore its credibility. (10 Marks / 200 words)
Police action in Jamia Millia Islamia during protests against the new
citizenship law and the inaction in JNU , allowing hooligans to go on a rampage
in the campus have cast a shadow over the force.
In these instances, Delhi Police is perceived to have acted in a partisan manner
with the intent to protect its master’s preferences at the cost of its mandate
to enforce law and order without prejudice. It is now up to the force to restore
its credibility as a free and fearless enforcer of the law or be derided as a
mere security wing of the MHA.
Visuals of armed thugs leaving the campus after thrashing students and teachers
under the watch of police personnel remain fresh in public memory. That not one
of them was apprehended by the policemen waiting outside the JNU gates speaks
poorly about the competence of the force.
Failure on the part of Delhi Police to clarify these questions will stain its
record. The AAP government, as part of its larger campaign for statehood, has
often accused Delhi Police. Delhi Police brass has a task in hand: It must
remove apprehensions about its neutrality and reclaim its credibility. (Total
(Linkages : Violence and Conduct of Police, Police and restoration of
Credibility , Police and MHA)