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A Rehabilitation Success Story From Rajasthan

In March, 2008, in Jhalawar, Rajasthan, after weeks of intense negotiation with the Kanjars, the police convinced 85 of them to surrender. Subsequently, 200 more surrendered.

Since then, the Jhalawar police have been working hard for the rehabilitation of the people of this denotified nomadic tribe, long associated with crime.

When the Jhalawar police got a reward of Rs. 38,000 for arresting 56 offenders, all of them Kanjars, they gave it to the relatives of those arrested, to be used for bail and lawyers' fees.

The police acted as liaison between the Kanjar and the district administration, to ensure the delivery of welfare schemes in Jhalawar’s Kanjar settlements. They helped them get jobs. They enrolled the Kanjar children in government schools.

Jhalawar SP Gaurav Srivastav says,“Although I will not say nobody has gone back to crime, close to 90 per cent have stayed away.”


R. Ramesh said...

bkc bhaiyaji..thanks for rubbing it in..heheh

Ugich Konitari said...

There seems to be sense of honesty in the approach here of the police. Makes you still believe in the goodness and simplicity of thinking. Unusual for these days. Thanks for posting this.

BK Chowla, said...

There are those who lead by example.
In is general opinion that Police in Rajasthan is relatively better.

Vinod_Sharma said...

Good to hear about the police behaving like the people's police it should be. There must have been an honest, compassionate officer who inspired other policemen.

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