IIT alumni as cyber crime Inspector!

Recruit IIT students as Sub Inspectors or Inspectors to investigate “highly complex” cyber crimes and those with degrees in social sciences to probe social crimes like beggary and prostitution.

This is what a NITI Ayog report ‘Building Smart Police in India: Background into the Needed Police Force Reforms’ suggests while arguing for reforms in the force to make it strong and efficient to deal with challenges.

The report calls for changes on three fronts – boosting capacity and infrastructure, legislative and administrative changes and technological scaling-up.
It says that specialised crimes require a specialised approach and personnel to deal with them.

For dealing with cyber crimes, the report suggests that students who have done Master of Computer Application (MCA) or passed out from an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) could be recruited as Sub Inspectors or Inspectors under State CID.

The report suggests that such recruits should not wear uniform and work in plain clothes to avoid detection.

It also argues that social crimes like beggary, prostitution, crimes against women, domestic violence and dowry offences should not be handled in a routine manner by a traditional policeman.

“Experts suggest that it needs to be handled by a separate wing with people like students who have graduated in social science/social work,” the report says.

The paper authored by Suparna Jain and Aparajita Gupta also argues for transferring police from State List to Concurrent List.

Flouting of public order at state level often snowball into a national crisis and it has to be addressed through “extreme emergency” provisions. Along with this, rapid increase in inter-state crimes are also cited for the need for bringing it under Concurrent List, it says.

However, the report points out that this measure would require a Constitutional Amendment, “which could be difficult”. An alternative could be declaring certain crimes, which have inter-state or national ramifications like terrorism, organised crime and sedition, as federal crimes.

The report also cites the opinion of experts who argue for the setting up of NCTC, a controversial proposal for setting up an anti-terror agency. Several states have objected to the proposal mooted by the then Home Minister P Chidambaram after the Mumbai attacks, arguing that it weakened federal structure of the country.

(An edited version appeared in Deccan Herald on Nov 29, 2016)

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