Police reforms alone won't revive public trust in cops
SummaryTrust levels vary among groups and police biases have been revealed that could take a far broader socio-political effort to fix
The police in India are often portrayed as too incompetent and ill-equipped to carry out their tasks, as little more than ‘yes men’ to their powerful masters, or as brutal and corrupt ‘little tyrants’. However, what is overlooked is an ongoing process of police disempowerment through everyday interactions with politicians, other higher authorities and even the local elite (Jauregui, 2013). While this image of how the police function in the country is plausible, it is incomplete, as argued here.