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Nido Tania died due to beating: But, questions remain
The autopsy report submitted by AIIMS to the Delhi High court has confirmed that Nido Tania, the student from Arunachal Pradesh died due to injuries inflicted on his head and neck due to beating. It set at rest 'speculative or motivated rumours' that the boy was a drug addict and died due to overdose of drug and brought some solace to the bereaved family. However, many questions, particularly regarding the role of the police remain.

Who called the police?

It is not very clear as to who rang 100 and called the police. Some section of the media reported that the police were called by the two juveniles who have since been arrested. Why would they rather than the shop keeper or Nido call the police?

Why did police take Nido to the police station?

Was it based on a complaint from those who beat up Nido? If so what did the police do with him at the police station? Did they beat him up at the police station to extract money? Was he released only after he paid what he had to the police or after the police came to know that he was the son of an MLA? Was his purse and mobile phone recovered from his belongings? How much money was found in his purse?

Why did the police not take him to hospital for treatment?

If the police had taken Nido to the police station in an injured state, why was he not taken to the hospital for first aid? Was it because the injuries that he received were due to police beating? Did the police warn Nido not to go to a doctor? Why else did he not go to a doctor after his release? Nido’s father has accused Delhi Police of negligence. Are Delhi police guilty of more than that?

Why did the police take him back to Lajpat Nagar?

Why did the police take Nido back to the place, where he was beaten up and hand him over to those who had complained? Was Nido beaten up again after he was returned to Lajpat Nagar? Who took him to his friend’s house where he died? Why was he not given any medical attention after reaching his friend’s house?

Conclusion

The untimely death of Nido Tania is a blot on our society and Delhi police. For some reason, the media has not covered this case in detail. Many questions still remain unanswered, in fact under wraps. The inordinate delay in revealing the cause of death is one of them. However, now that the case has been handed over to CBI, we hope the truth will come out and the guilty including erring policemen, if any will be punished. May I end this article with two questions!

Are laws enough to check racial crimes?

Laws have not checked crime. The laws regarding rape have not stopped rapes and gang rapes from taking place. Only victims are being killed after being raped to ensure that they cannot testify. Police are insensitive. They are also extortionists. They cannot be trusted to prevent attacks. Agitating for laws will not help. There are enough laws to deal with every type of crime. However, implementation of law leaves much to be desired. The police routinely take money from the culprits to overlook vital evidence and weaken the case.

Take the case reported in Times of India, Chennai of February 12, 2014. CID, Chennai Police may charge a senior IPS officer of Tamil Nadu for demanding a huge sum of money to weaken the IPL betting investigation. Rs 60 lakhs have been recovered from three persons assigned to make the payment.

We need a police force that is sympathetic and accountable to the people.This cannot happen as long as corruption in the police is institutionalized and the appointments of SHOs and RTOs are auctioned and given to the highest bidders. We need Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party to reduce corruption.

Is it coward to be careful and avoid risks?

My advice, whatever abuse feminists and people of the North East may hurl at me, is to be careful and minimize risks. Learn to ignore comments and verbal abuse. Avoid going out alone late in the evening, particularly along deserted streets. Even a couple is not safe as has been repeatedly established. Date at malls or crowded eating places and not at deserted parks or corners. Dress according to the environment, the transport being used and the occasion. Ladies, please carry a Burkha (however repulsive) and wear it while walking in the streets and using public transport. Try to move around in groups. We live in a very mean, selfish and nasty society. No one, not even the police, will come to your aid if you are in trouble. It is better to be safe than sorry.

Lastly, if you want police to be accountable to ordinary people than criminals and politicians, vote for Aam Admi Party in all coming elections.

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