LETTERS TO THE EDITOR- Community policing, an answer to crime against women in Meghalaya?

Dated: October 22, 2017
The Editor
TNT- The Northeast Today
Dear Editor,
National Crime Records Bureau(NCRB) statistics pointed that crime against women in increasing by more than 200 percent over  the last two decades with rape incidents listing  the top. Latest case coming from Nongthymmai of a 48-year old man alleged of raping a nine year old from  the same building which he resided. Once again  the lack of vigilance amongst society can just be  the tip of  the iceberg.
The ailing justice system has always been looked as  the major culprit, if we introspect into ourselves  the blame lies elsewhere. Agitations on  the street or ranting on social media has been a daily affair but where are  the firefighting tools?
I do understand that any crime committed has  to be looked from all angles before coming  to a conclusion, we cannot paint  the brush on every other person on  the street. Streamlining  the justice system with community policing might be  the answer but would  the stakeholders be ready for this? Meghalaya before it heads into election mode has  to piggyback such issues and create mechanisms whereby  the perpetrator would not roam freely in  the streets. We still have time before we become  the top state in  the whole of  the northeastern region in terms of crime against women.
Christopher Gatphoh
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