Hyderabad: There is public outrage on the ‘insensitive’, ‘shameless’ and ‘unsympathetic’ questions that the police ask in regarding cases involving young women. Their guess, that Dr P Priyanka Reddy must have eloped, has angered many.
“Who will have confidence to go the police if this is what you will be told?” Dr V. Prasad, senior researcher, said. “A distressed parent has come about their missing daughter, and instead of listening to them and acting immediately, the police gives unverified and provocative answers. How insensitive. Will they do it if it is a minister’s daughter?” People believe that had the police alerted patrol vans on time, Dr Reddy could have been saved.
“She was a doctor who went missing,” said G.R. Ramesh, businessman. “Her sister’s conversation should set alarm bells ringing. Isn’t it proof enough to act and go searching for her? Why should someone be told that they have to wait and check with friends and family?” People are also angry that time is wasted in bureaucratic paperwork rather than in putting technology to use. There were the toll plaza cameras, patrol vans and personnel at the police’s disposal.
“The police have been given huge vans by the government to act swiftly,” G Shankar, senior citizen, said. “Four of them travel around on a daily basis in the name of patrolling. What were they doing when a girl really needed them?...