Citizens' Issues
Burking: When the Cops Fail the Public
Anyone who has had the misfortune of lodging a complaint with the police will tell you how difficult it is
 
Burking, as a term, has a quaint and macabre origin. In 1828, a man of Irish origin killed 
16 Scots in 10 months. An average of one every 18 days. Since the records show that William Burke existed up to 1829, it is presumed that he was executed. But his name lives on, infamously. Why?
 
Burke had a modus operandi. His trademark signature was the method of his crime; suffocating his victims by compressing their chests. No blood drawn, no mess; a job as clean as any. So how come this murderer’s name has now come to be associated with the police?
Anyone who has had the misfortune of lodging a complaint with the police will tell you how difficult it is. The cops prevaricate, give excuses, intimidate, act as judges, give advice, ask the complainant to ‘settle matters’. Anything but lodge a complaint and create a record. Smothering is the name of their game.
 
Just like Burke. Smother. Hence the term, ‘burking’. A manic murderer gets linked to errant cops and English gets a new word.
FIR. First information report. What does it mean? When the police receive a complaint, it is their duty to record it. Do they? Must they? Here, we come across a few more terms. NC. It stands for a non-cognisable complaint; a notation in the station diary, of a minor complaint. The complainant is usually given a slip of paper with a number written on it, a rubber stamp and the initials of the officer who jotted down the complaint. Often, it means little and serves to blow off steam.
 
Then, there are serious crimes, cognisable offences; yet, the cops are loath to take notice. These have to be recognised, noted, acted upon, reported. But burking kicks in; killing the complaint by not acting on it.
 
You be the judge.
 
Someone goes to a police station with a complaint of, say, grievous assault. He has seen a person being beaten up. It being a constitutional duty, beside it being the right thing to do, he decides to approach the police. He neither knows the battered person nor the criminals. All he can say is that he saw it and name the place and give the time. Unless he can term it a murder, something he is not sure of, nine times out of ten, no one will hear him. The usual excuse is that the scene of the crime is not within the jurisdiction of the police station. In spite of orders from the Supreme Court that, no matter what, the complaint has to be recorded and passed on to the correct jurisdictional authority, the cops refuse to act. Now, if the matter of inaction came to you, as a magistrate, how would you decide?
 
Dereliction of duty by a public servant is a serious offence. The station house officer, or the person responsible, is liable to be punished. The Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) has Sections 190 and 200 for the purpose.
 
But that is small comfort to the layman who wants justice, not only to be done, but seen to be done. The best thing, to do, then is to note down the name of the uncooperative police officer. They, usually, wear a name tag. There is no guarantee, especially in rural thanas, that the tag is genuine. Next, write down the complaint, with a detailed record of the harassment at the police station, and send it by registered post to the police station, remembering to send a copy to the commissioner of police. This usually works; though there have been cases where the letters have been returned, unaccepted. One can then move the magistrate’s court personally.
 
Agreed that this is a daunting process, but the fault, partly, lies with the public. Many complaints are frivolous. They are filed to settle scores. This puts pressure on the police and takes away time from important and urgent matters. Yet, if your complaint is genuine, a bit of effort will see you through. Sad that ‘burking’ is a term solely reserved for the police.
 

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TIHARwale

1 year ago

Next, write down the complaint, with a detailed record of the harassment at the police station, and send it by registered post to the police station, remembering to send a copy to the commissioner of police. - the question is why individual police stations mail id is shared in public domain and also SHO mobile number is not shared in public domai, these two steps will ensure corrupt policeman cannot claim he is not aware of occurance of crime

Cambodian doctor sentenced for infecting over 200 with HIV
A Cambodian court on Thursday sentenced an unlicensed doctor to 25 years in prison for infecting over 200 people with HIV, including some who later died.
 
Yem Chrin, 57, was arrested in December 2014 after most of his patients tested positive for HIV and accused him of transmitting the virus via the reuse of unsterilised needles, Xinhua news agency reported.
 
"The court found Yem Chrin guilty of committing torture with aggravated circumstances and decided to sentence him to 25 years in prison," the verdict said.
 
It also ordered the convict to pay between $500-3,000 in compensation to each of more than 100 victims, who had filed the complaints.
 
The HIV outbreak in Battambang province's rural Roka commune, infected some 290 people, with 10 elderly people dying from complications.
 
According to the National AIDS Authority, HIV carrier rate among Cambodian adults, aged between 15-49 years old, is 0.6 percent in 2015, down from 2.5 percent in 1998.
 
Currently, the country has more than 70,000 people living with HIV/AIDS. Around 85 percent of them have received antiretroviral drugs. 
 
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Obama calls for gun reforms as shooting leaves 14 dead
President Barack Obama repeated a call for gun controls reforms as another deadly mass shooting in Southern California left as many as 14 people dead and another 14 injured.
 
Hours after the mass shooting at a centre for people with developmental disabilities in San Bernardino, 60 miles east of Los Angeles, with a population of just over 200,000 people, two suspects were fatally shot in a gun battle with police.
 
The suspects -- a man and a woman -- had assault-style rifles and handguns, San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan told reporters. They were dressed in what he called assault style clothing.
 
A third person was detained close to the scene of the shootout, but it is possible he is not connected to the shootings, Burguan said.
 
It was the 352nd mass shooting in the US this year, according to the Mass Shooting Tracker, compiled by Reddit users, which defines "mass shooting" as four or more people either killed or injured, including the gunman.
 
However, in a 2014 report, the FBI which defines "mass killings" as "three or more killings in a single incident" said it had identified a total of 160 "active shooter" incidents and only 43 "mass killings" between 2000 and 2013.
 
"We have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world," Obama told CBS News.
 
"There are steps we can take to make Americans safer.to make these rare as opposed to normal." Instituting background checks for people hoping to purchase a gun was among the measures suggested by a visibly emotional Obama in a short interview.
 
Earlier police said they were hunting as many as three suspects, who had fled in a black SUV.
 
The residential area not far from where the shooting at the Inland Regional Centre occurred was flooded with law enforcement following a chase that ended with police and the suspects exchanging gunfire.
 
Burguan described the suspects as "people that came prepared. ... They were armed with long guns, not hand guns," he told reporters.
 
Two pistols and two AR-15-style firearms were recovered from the shootout scene, a law enforcement official said.
 
"I know one of the big questions that will come up repeatedly is 'Is this terrorism?' I'm still not willing to say that we know that for sure," David Bowdich, an assistant director for Los Angeles FBI's office told reporters.
 
"We are definitely making some movements that it is a possibility," he said.
 
Reacting to the shooting Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton tweeted: "I refuse to accept this as normal. We must take action to stop gun violence now."
 
Her Democratic rival Bernie Sanders wrote: "Mass shootings are becoming an almost-everyday occurrence in this country. This sickening and senseless gun violence must stop."
 
Republican presidential frontrunner Donald J. Trump tweeted: "California shooting looks very bad. Good luck to law enforcement and God bless. This is when our police are so appreciated!"
 
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