Police brutality: can group and personal counseling help?The death of two traders -- a father and a son -- at Saathangulam, in the Tuticorin district of Tamil Nadu, in the local prison, after the police brutally beat them up, has sent shock waves throughout the nation. It has indeed become international news.
In the instant case, it is said that a few days before the terrible police excess happened, the cops had demanded free cell phones from the shop. Since the cellphones cost Rs.20,000 apiece, the father and son refused. Hence, on the pretext of keeping their shop open for a short time after the prescribed time, the duo was taken to the police station and then subject to the worst ever treatment. Worse, the local magistrate was insulted. The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court took the onus on itself and virtually demanded that the truth be told.
For the first time in judicial history, the learned judges have themselves talked over the phone to a vital lady witness -- a police official in the police station. She has spilled the beans. The case is now with the CB-CID. The main culprits have been arrested.
A theory that has been doing the rounds is: even if we forget this sad event, are the policemen stressed beyond limits? The Coronavirus has taken a heavy toll on the mental health of every single policeman everywhere, but perhaps even more in Tamil Nadu.
Can we counsel the police in groups and through one-to-one counseling? And can we innovate some ways to reduce the stress? The Madurai bench is now asking the same questions about stress, though counseling has not been specifically mentioned. There are trained counselors everywhere. Can we tap their services?
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