Collegians want police to be more student-friendly

Pranita Roy
Sunday, 10 February 2019

“Currently, the student community is facing many issues. Be it a scholarship or any other issue, the students’ unions have to protest against the educational institutes or the government. We would request Pune Police Commissioner to handle these protests with great care.” said Satish Gore, member of National Students’ Union of India (NSUI).

PUNE: Pune police should be more student-friendly, demanded students from colleges and universities in the city. “Currently, the student community is facing many issues. Be it a scholarship or any other issue, the students’ unions have to protest against the educational institutes or the government. We would request Pune Police Commissioner to handle these protests with great care. Further, the campuses do need better protection and security measures but it should happen without curtailing the freedom and rights of students,” said Satish Gore, member of National Students’ Union of India (NSUI).

“Apart from our expectations, students would like to extend help and co-operate with police administration in every possible way whenever required,” Gore added. 

“Even though the government has strictly created regulation and banned the selling of drugs and narcotics within 100 metre radius of educational institutes, it seems to have not been implemented properly. Therefore, we would expect police to work towards building a healthy and secured space in educational institutes. However, it is also a collaborative responsibility of all to maintain a healthy environment on educational campuses,” said Anil Thombare, City President of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).

“Police should co-operate with students in lodging complaints at a police station. Many a times students have to run around different police stations to lodge a single complaint, as officials from the respective station give an excuse of ‘it isn’t part of our police jurisdiction’. Because of which students have less faith in the police to get their problems resolved easily. Police should be sensitive while asking students details when they approach police stations. As some police officers shout and talk while asking questions, student victims don’t register complaints out of fear,” said Sachin Pandule, student and member of Yuva Kranti Dal (Yukrand). 

“There should be a police unit in every college so that whenever need arrives, students can directly approach the unit. Due to several genuine student-related issues, organisations have to come out on streets to protest, but most of the time, students don’t come forward to protest with fear of being detained by police. In such matters, police should understand the genuinity of the case and not be under political or government pressure to stop the protest, instead co-operate with students. Women should be able to freely walk in the city even at night time. Furthermore, police should continue to wear helmets to promote safety. Otherwise, the old tradition of not wearing helmets will return,” said Pandule. 

“Police shouldn’t delay in performing their work or undertaking responsibility. Once two stu dents were involved in a scuffle and the situation was going out of control. Despite calling the police on emergency number 100 and giving away all the required details on phone itself, no police officer arrived to probe the matter. It is, therefore, requested that police should try to reach a place promptly when there is an  emergency call. Police should conduct women safety campaigns at least once a month in city colleges. Adequate measures should be taken to ensure security in girls and boys hostels. They should also give special attention to migrants coming from different cities in Pune. And lastly, stricter actions and corrective steps should be taken against gang-rape, criminals, etc,” said Krishnakant Sathe, a student of ILS Law College.

STUDENTS EXPECT...
- Police shouldn’t directly detain students protesting on campus, but instead give them a warning first.
- Guide students in lodging complaints and co-operate with them.
- Police units in colleges.
- Prompt and immediate actions on emergency calls on campus
- Strict action against drug peddlers.

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