Policing must change, say Antony, Dikshit

Last Updated: Wed, Feb 06, 2013 09:40 hrs

New Delhi, Feb 6 (IANS) Defence Minister A.K. Antony and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit Wednesday called for police reforms to make the force responsive and to win the trust of the people.

"Police reforms are the real need of the hour," Antony said in a message to the organisers of a meeting here on police reforms convened by former CBI director D.R. Kaarthikeyan.

"Our policing system must change to be more sensitive and responsible to the people," he added.

Saying police reforms ought to be an integral part of good governance, Antony said the police must win the trust of the people through more and more accountability.

In her message, Dikshit said people at large had come to realize that "police should be more responsible, proactive and sensitive in order to ensure a sense of security and confidence".

Referring to the Dec 16 gang-rape of a young woman in Delhi, she said the outrage "has also made both the public and the government to join heads together to have fruitful interaction in this regard".

She demanded that proper attention be given on training to improve professionalism in police forces and to enhance operational efficiency.

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