In a noble gesture IPS officer and Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar recently revoked the suspension of a city constable after the latter’s daughter pleaded amnesty.
Apparently, the constable has been under suspension for over six months for misbehaving and consuming alcohol on duty. Feeling miserable over the fate of his professional life, the constable further resorted to drinking. Sensing further damage, his 12-year-old daughter approached the Police Commissioner to revoke the ban while assuring him that her father will never drink again.
Anjani Kumar shares, “One day a girl called me and said that she wanted to talk to me about an issue. She, (along with her mother) came and introduced herself as the daughter of a suspended constable. She explained to me about how her father’s loss of job has cost their family dearly. In hindsight, she requested me to pardon him, assuring that her father would never drink again.”
But what moved Anjani Kumar to recall the constable’s suspension? “I was touched to see the girl speaking with a lot of conviction and determination. I know determination can move mountains, and I could see her strength and character in her approach. I was convinced with her emotional plea and her innocence, and above all, she was aware of the implications of drinking,” he recalls. He adds, “I didn’t want to disappoint the kid. So I have sent my own escort vehicle and called on my clerk to bring the file, and immediately revoked the suspension. I also handed over the re-joining order copy to that little girl, much to her delight.”
Anjani Kumar believes that the purpose of punishment is only to transform people. “The change has to come from within for an everlasting impact, and this girl from the Generation Next has triggered that change. I appeal to everyone to spend enough time and encourage them.”