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CHRI says Delhi Govt. should not be hasty in bringing out a new policing law
The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) cautioned the Delhi Government that it shouldnot be hasty in bringing out a new policing law for the national capital.

In an open letter to the Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung, the Chief Minister Arvind Kejrival and other members of the Delhi State Security Commission, CHRI Director Maja Daruwala said that they believe that no such law should be enacted in haste or in the absence of the widest public consultation.

She recalled that new policing laws passed in other states have - except in the rarest of rare cases - done nothing to improve policing, increase public trust in the force or increase its accountability for both everyday policing and egregious wrong doing. Rather new laws have been used to increase undue political control over the police, reduce accountability and reduce civil liberties and citizen remedies. We do not want to see this happen in Delhi.

Daruwala pointed out that the CHRI have long been urging police reforms in the Union Territories and across India. We write now to address you in your capacity as members of the Delhi Security Commission.

The Commission is the body clothed with responsibility to: lay down policing policy for the city-state; assure that the police is well equipped in manpower, infrastructure training and support units to carry out its tasks; and finally to review its performance. All this is done on behalf of the residents of the capital for whom the protection of lives, property, and rights is guaranteed by the State, she added.

It may be recalled the Security Commission has been in existence since 2011. It held its first meeting in 2012 and has met a total of 5 times since. Its deliberations and the steps it has taken on matters of seminal importance- safety and security - are not well known nor made clear to the public.

CHRI cautioned that today the high level of danger from crime and violence that residents face combined with public restiveness, and a new government that wants to create improvements all provide an opportunity to the Security Commission to be active in giving Delhi improved policing.

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