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An interesting survey: Police means terror, sarkari gunda, Taliban, hunter, begger, Hitler!
A 1992 batch IPS Officer, Amitabh Thakur, who is also a social activist did a research on the subject of "Police" where he asked the people "When you hear the word police what feeling first comes in your mind?" In an Internet and Facebook survey conducted by him, he got around 558 responses. 61 of these people said that the word Police invokes fear in them, while 42 found it synonymous with corrupt/corruption.

25 said that they thought police as Sarkari or Vardi wala Gunda while to 14 it brought terror. 18 people thought the word as synonymous to thief. To 9 persons this word brought bribe in mind, to 5 hafta and to 7 Danda.

Among the other words that came up were ''oh shit, political stooge, avoid, hunter, extortionist, ruthless, fear mongering gang, symbol of brutality, manipulators, hi-tech thief, pathetic, tension, long unending procedures, humiliation etc. One quoted model Poonam Pandey, who recently said that Cops were worse than Taliban while to Kamal Shah from Mumbai, it is synonymous with Hitler.

Only 37 of these respondents (around 6%) did not have negative feelings about this word. Out of these 20 felt that the word invokes feeling of safety, security in them while 9 had genuine concern for policemen and their pitiable condition, where 2 of them mentioned Aamir Khan's Satyameva Jayate for having changed their perception. 7 of them think of khaki when they hear the word police. To another the word is synonymous with Vinod Khanna of Satyamev Jayate.

To renowned advocate Shanti Bhushan the word means atrocity on the poor people, to financial journalist Sucheta Dalal it means fear and worry about corruption, to Arun Bharat Ram, Chairman of SRF Limited it means Incompetence, to Supreme Court senior advocate Shishir Kumar Dholakia it means fear and to Pushkar Raj, former General Secretary, PUCL it means a smug, not well dressed, overworked person.

Interestingly even to DG rank IPS officers Praveen Singh and Vijay Kumar, this word correlated with dishonesty and ill-behaviour.

Indians living in America and Europe seem to have better perception of police there feeling safety and help etc. One of the respondents said that police is still honest compared to other departments while another felt that the word Police brings to his mind the need for reforms.


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