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Dec 02, 2007 at 09:37am IST

Beyond duty: Cops take up social cause

Nedumangad: We all expect policemen to protect us from criminals, but on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram, the men in Khaki are doing much more for the society.

In Shanthi Mandiram, which is an abode for differently-abled men, on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram, there is an unusual group that ensures peace for the people. The men who provide funds, clothing and even medical help are the men in khaki. Among many such men, is a man called Hari Kumar, who visits the people here without fail. Serving daily meals to the inmates and enquiring their well-being, is a duty that he takes up without orders.

“This is perhaps the human face of the force, which we hope the people will understand. We have one sole aim now. Whenever we find a beggar or a mentally disabled man on the road, we make it a point to bring them here and take good care,” says Hari Kumar, ASI, Nedumangad Station.

It's a new lease of life for the 80-odd inmates. Many have faced severe abuse, with some even losing their mental balance. Fifty-five-year-old Sivan even had a police case against him. Today he is giving back to society by serving others like him.

“It is only because of their care that I am well now. Now I do not want to leave this place. Rather I will stay here and help many like me who come here every other day,” says Sivan, an inmate of Shanthi Mandiram.

Above all what these people require is your love and a sense to understand their problems and perhaps the policemen of rural Trivandrum are teaching a lesson or two on compassion to the rest of their counterparts across the country.