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The rising spate of ‘encounter’ culture for the disbursal instant justice, is a serious contravention to the rule of law and calls for immediate police reforms to put an end to this practice. Analyse.

Topic: Role of civil services in a democracy.

4. The rising spate of ‘encounter’ culture for the disbursal instant justice, is a serious contravention to the rule of law and calls for immediate police reforms to put an end to this practice. Analyse. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: The Hindu

Why the question:

A recent report submitted by the commission of inquiry headed by a former Supreme Court of India judge, Justice V.S. Sirpurkar, indicting the police in Hyderabad for the fake encounter, in 2019, on the outskirts of Hyderabad near Shamshabad, should serve as an eye-opener to senior police officials who by-pass the law and due processes and eliminate suspects with impunity.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about rising encounters in India, its impact and reforms needed against it.

Directive word: 

Analyse – When asked to analyse, you must examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them in a summary.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by giving context.

Body:

In the first part of the body, mentioning role of police in maintaining law and order in the country.

Next, write about the impact of rising encounters as a mode for instant justice. Mention systemic factors, attitudinal factors, and political factors etc which are responsible for this.

Next, suggest measures to have an efficient, empathetic, sensitive, responsive and an accountable police force. Include recommendations of various committees.

Conclusion:

Conclude with way forward