The Indian Police must understand that coronavirus cannot be beaten with a lathi -Rohan Venkataramakrishnan
Arbitrary state violence will not help win public cooperation.
To a man with a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. To the Indian Police, every situation can be solved with a bit of violence. That seems to be the dictum of police authorities around the country, as India enters Day 2 of the three-week lockdown announced on Tuesday by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Pictures and videos have emerged from around the country of people being brutally hit by lathis, of doctors being assaulted and of vegetable vendors being slapped around and extorted for bribes.
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