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Dec 30, 2012 at 11:57pm IST

Kiran Bedi suggests 6Ps plan to curb crimes against women

Former IPS officer and India Against Corruption member Kiran Bedi presented her 6Ps plan - Crime Prevention Plan within police, people (society), prosecution, politician, prison and press (news media and film industry) - on CNN-IBN.

Bedi said she is sure that if this plan of hers is implemented, police administration can be improved and crime rate can be brought down.

Here is the transcript:

Bhupendra Chaubey: Dr Bedi has come to our studio and she has worked out an agenda which she believes can be worked out. She has called it the 6Ps principle, why don't you tell us what should be done in these times, which can alter drastically the policing mechanism.

Kiran Bedi: This is called the 6Ps, 6Ps means crime prevention plan within police, within people because community has a very major role to play. So the people, the police, the prosecution; then comes the role of the politician, the prisons and the media, which is the press and press also includes the films, and then comes the jail. So it is the 6Ps and a J. So each one of them has a plan because you need a community plan. You can't have sons of mothers, who have no control over their boys. So you need social, primary education at the family level.

Bhupendra Chaubey: But do the police ever bother to think in terms of social changes, or providing these social changes, or values that you are talking about.

Kiran Bedi: Bhupendra, many good police officers have done community policing, who would go to schools and colleges. They would go to families; they are called community police officers, which is what we did in Delhi Police. We turned a police officer into a community police officer. So we turned them into community police officers of their respective beats. Now, when they went to their respective beats this is what they did... it was crime prevention, it was visible policing, it was fear of getting caught. Then it was watch and warning past criminals, we went to old criminals. You see, when a beat officer goes, he is walking his beat, he is building relationships. He is also preventing crimes because he is collecting intelligence. He is also visiting past criminals and doing rehabilitation.

Bhupendra Chaubey: Let me put it to you this way, would you say that a person who is a beat constable of a particular area, say if someone is looking after Mayur Vihar, the beat constable of that area should be a person who is familiar with each and every family?

Kiran Bedi: This is what we did. I wish you get 16 beat officers who have worked with us during Mr Marwah. Call them, they knew there people by heart. Because they were never pulled out of the beat, no matter what happened, and I have worked during Punjab terrorism, I have worked during Mizoram insurgency, and even then the beat system never broke.

Bhupendra Chaubey: I know for sure that when you were looking after traffic that is when you earned you nick name 'crane Bedi', because no matter who the person was he couldn't escape from your sharp eyes. But the other point, I find it interesting, which you have raised in your book 'I Dare', which is that you have tried to present an alternate model in a sense of what should be the relationship between the person at the top in police with the people. Should the Police Commissioner be someone who should be completely alienated, he is just a hierarchical boss, or should the Police Commissioner be someone around whom the entire police force should end up working? How have you drawn distinctions between these two models?

Kiran Bedi: It is an authoritarian model which is happening today. The other is transformative which transforms the system, which is a consultative, collaborative system. The first one you referred is isolated model that is what happened. There is a breakdown of community-police relationship. Ours was collaborative, community outreach system. People now don't recognise who the Police Commissioner is. Do you know every 9.00 am I was in the police station as a district DCP? I want to know how many district DCPs are in the police stations everyday at 9.00 am, to work with the beat officers. I'm saying some may do it, I salute them, but the point is Delhi as a city, or any city needs everybody, needs every district DPC.

Bhupendra Chaubey: But let me break it down, again to the first point of contact. Even before you go to a police station, in Delhi you have PCR vans, you know police men on motorcycles. What happens if a woman has been harassed, a simple case, a woman has been eve-teased, and the woman goes to that person who is on that motorcycle, not in a PCR police van. What is the ideal way for the policeman to react to the situation?

Kiran Bedi: First of all there has to a trust in the relationship. They got to be working together in peace time only then will the woman come.

Bhupendra Chaubey: So there is a possibility that the woman may not even go there because there is trust deficit.

Kiran Bedi: She won't go because the relationship was not there during the peace time. She will come to you only in crisis. And then she would also be afraid because there is no peace time dialogue. You need to work without crime happening, so when crime happens that person knows who to come to.

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