We often contend with the harsh reality that those in law enforcement often flout laws with impunity themselves and get away with not even a minor rap on their knuckles. Laws in a democratic country are meant for all citizens and everyone should abide by them. There are no two yardsticks, one for the politicians and cops, and another for the common men. But the moot question is: what can people do when those whose job is to implement and protect the law, are very casually violating it.?
Amjed Ullah Khan, a local politician from Hyderabad, has the answer to this question. He started a Twitter hashtag #Practicewhatyoupreach and he posts pics of cops, particularly traffic cops, who are seen violating traffic rules.
Mr Khan, who is associated with a political party named Majlis Bachao Tehreek, clicks photos of cops who are seen not wearing a helmet, triple riding on two-wheelers or speaking on a cellphone while driving.
He tweets those photos to Telangana DGP Anurag Sharma and the Telangana Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister K T Rama Rao.
His campaign has been hugely popular in Hyderabad and a large number of civilians are participating in it by clicking photos of cops and forwarding them to him. He says that his WhatsApp has been flooded with images in the past one week. The pics are tweeted along with the time and location so that the cops can give no excuse.
Mr Khan says he started this campaign after he saw traffic cops arbitrarily charging fine and breaking the rules themselves.
Mr Khan has shown that active and vigilant citizens can make a lot of difference in ensuring that laws are not misused and abused and citizens bodies can contribute a lot to the civil society.