Transforming the system, working from within
"The rape posed questions about safety and we decided to organize an interaction with local police to understand steps they have taken and how citizens could help them prevent such crime. We decided to approach the local police station for help," he said.
He said it was the first time he was interacting with cops, but the experience removed preconceived notions. "The inspector was ready to help us immediately. He said police are meant to help people but the wall between the two hurt their efforts. This coming from a senior police officer was an eye-opener," he said.
Local residents organised joint patrolling with police at night and started participating in local security initiatives. Talking about his interaction, Shinde said people should break the ice to make policing effective. "A proper dialogue is necessary between both to make the system work for us," he said.
Pratima Joshi of Shelter Associates is another young crusader. The area of work is slum rehabilitation and slum development. Joshi and her team had to face a lot of apathy and struggle to win over the trust of many. Sincerity and consistence finally paid off, Joshi said.
Known for their work worldwide in slum rehabilitation and development, Shelter Associates were the first to map slums in Pune using remote sensing in 2000-01. These maps help urban planners to plan a sustainable city. "We have to ensure all stakeholders are taken on board and there is transparency in our dealing. That way, we can ensure things run smoothly," she said.
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Accountant Suhas Shinde is working closely with the police to bring a change in the way people look at police