The High Court of Punjab and Haryana condemned the use of derogatory word for an African National by the Police accused in a criminal case under NDPS Act.
The bench presided by Justice Rajiv Narain Raina criticizing the act of the Punjab and Haryana Police said “this is a highly offensive word across the globe and no one has any business to use it, and far less the police. Hence, it’s directed never to use the unprintable word in any police document including in challans or anywhere else on case papers including in investigation reports. This brings shame to India and hatred for the country. The police appears to possess assumed that each black may be a pusher and will be treated intrinsically . This is terrible thinking.”
The bench further directed the Director General of Police, Punjab to think about the whole issue and notify instructions during this reference to the police calling upon them never to use the offensive term ‘nigro’ or ‘negro’ while pertaining to “black” persons just in case papers.
The bench also directed that the investigating officers and the police officials that record FIRs be immediately sensitized and warned on the issue by ensuring that no person should be looked down upon on the basis of the colour of his or her skin.
The Court further observed that “this aspect must be corrected by sanction of the law by ordering strict action against the policemen who enjoys this assassination based on physical features, investigation of crime apart, investigation which should be non-aggressive within the look for truth and commission of cognizable offences.”