PUCL Bulletin June 1981

Not to protect people

Both in Telegu and in English
I read that the police means guardians...
"If you make mischief
(Mischief means rebelling against elders)
Police will take you away;
Take care, police means a demon,"
said my mother in my childhood.
Indeed her words came true.
The guns in police hands are not to protect people
But to catch and shoot them.
The white cane of the blind inspires
the police to lathi-charge them
not to guide them.
Now I realise that this government
supplies acid and needles
to blind prisoners.

-Varavara Rao (translated from Telegu)

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