By Gowher Khan

Police, in every society, play a very essential role. They represent the coercive arm of the state. Police officers play a central role in the law enforcement system of the society. Their duty is to serve and protect, which is why they are often regarded as the guardians of the society. However in Kashmir this may not be very apt. In our society, the police department instead of helping and serving the common masses, is notorious for creating hurdles. Visiting a police station to lodge a complaint is a nightmare of every commoner in our valley. Instead of upholding the law and helping the people, our law enforcement officers’ are themselves openly breaking and flouting rules. Why is this noble profession disregarded by the society and why are the police officers among the most unpopular people in our society? Team KO asks a few residents of Bandipora. Here is what they have to say in this regard.