Kiran Bedi launches SaferIndia.com
New Delhi, Jan 3 (IANS) In her first major step after doffing her police uniform, Kiran Bedi Thursday blasted police officers for inefficiency as she unveiled a network to register complaints from the public.
The retired Indian Police Service (IPS) officer made it clear that her initiative would not serve as a parallel police but only register complaints when aggrieved citizens felt that they were being denied justice.
In announcing www.saferindia.com, however, Bedi, India's first woman police officer who retired last month after 36 years in service, accused police officers of fudging crime figures. She told reporters that police officials were misleading the media and citizens by manipulating crime statistics. "They never give you the right picture. Not even a single police officer has dared to reveal the correct crime graph." She also said that police officials were not addressing complaints from people, and by refusing to probe criminal cases were actually encouraging criminals. "In my endeavour to bring reforms in policing, today we are launching a mechanism through which we would ask people to register their grievances with our website," she said.