Self sustaining law enforcement machinery

vandana7 By vandana7, 9th May 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Should tax payer's monies be used for maintaining law enforcement machinery? I think not.

The present situation

Taxes paid by tax payers are used in many ways. One of them is to pay for law enforcement system, including the police force, judicial system, and relevant services. It does seem that expenses on this end can be reduced by reducing crime rates. The other alternative is to make the department self sustainable.

One of the flaws with present laws is that penalties are frozen, at least in India. Therefore, anybody infringing the law pays penalties that are archaic, i.e., fixed a decade ago or so.

Solution to the problem

Such penalties need to be revised annually by compounding them with inflation. That would truly make them a deterrent. Most people would be alarmed with the amount they have to pay and might prefer to become law abiding citizens.

The monies collected from such transgressions, minor or otherwise, may be used for paying to the police force, and judiciary.

Any amount that the police force is able to retrieve from the people who are doing something illegal or immoral can be divided into two parts; 50 percent that leaves for central coffers. 25 percent allocated to police force remuneration, and the rest be distributed amongst the brave police force that went to fight and capture the criminal and returned victorious.

That way, tax payers monies can be better utilized. Just my thoughts. :)


Crime Rates, India, Inflation, Judicial System, Law Enforcement, Police Force, Tax Payer, Taxes

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th May 2014 (#)

I have another way to tackle the issue Vandana. If whistle-blowing is encouraged and illegal wealth confiscated our coffers will be overflowing. The poor are honest than the rich and that comes from a person who has seen it all! I pay with relish what I have to pay and get peace of mind but the wealthy try to avoid paying what is due - siva

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author avatar vandana7
10th May 2014 (#)

I cannot deny that greed increases with more on hand. My suggestion was to bring down corruption in these quarters. Whistle blowing obviously entails risks, especially if powerful folks are involved. But if policemen were getting their share of the loot which would be higher than what any gangster would offer them, they would be motivated to work more sincerely and considering the pittance they get for doing the job being corrupt is easier. But what you said is also true about not so rich being not dishonest.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
3rd Jul 2014 (#)

I agree that the penalty prescribed in the IPC is meagre, but it comes with some time in the cooler, which serves as the deterrent.

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