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‘Honest Cop’ is Not an Oxymoron!

My parents, both senior citizens, went to the Bangalore passport office on July 23. (They deliberately picked a Tuesday because it was likely to be less crowded — many superstitious people avoid that day!) They got there around 10.15 a.m. and left around 12.45 p.m.

Just two days later, a police constable, one Mr. Range Gowda, came by. He was quite articulate — he spoke in English! He asked my parents to get a letter from the neighbour (now this is a silly procedure, but then, he has not made these rules) and submit it at the nearby Sanjay Nagar police station. He did not linger on; as soon as he had given his message, he left.

On Aug 26, my parents submitted the letter. The people on duty, Constable Range Gowda (the passport writer) and Inspector Prabhu Shankar (the station chief) , were efficient in accepting their letter, and they said they would send the “police verification report” the same day. They did not prolong the conversation in any way — not the slightest hint of wanting a bribe.

And today, on Aug 2, my parents’ passports have already arrived!

Unbelievable but true — there are some honest cops out there. We need more Range Gowdas and Prabhu Shankars in our society.


5 comments on “‘Honest Cop’ is Not an Oxymoron!

  1. Nalneesh Gaur
    August 2, 2013

    This is refreshing! Great that you are promoting such stories. this is the Munna Bhai approach


    • Rant. Rave. Share.
      August 2, 2013

      Thanks, Nalneesh. Actually, my posts are a mixture of rants and praises — more of the former. Because we live in such a negative world (look at the newspapers!), I feel it’s important to write a word of praise where it’s due. I also got to know of a site called where you can mention if you met an honest officer, and I posted this incident there too.


  2. mandayamr
    August 2, 2013

    I remember that way back in 1994, my dad and me went to the JPNagar Police Station for my passport verification…the duty officer in charge did not ask for any kaapi-thindi money…not sure though whether it was the norm then.

    If society itself does not value honesty, there is no change possible…so your taking the time to write and appreciate this act is commendable


    • Rant. Rave. Share.
      August 2, 2013

      That’s nice to hear. I wasn’t so lucky in 2001 — I had to give the guy Rs. 100.

      Of course, even about this incident, many people have told me that my parents “got lucky” because they are senior citizens — I sure hope that theory is wrong!


  3. Rant. Rave. Share.
    August 2, 2013

    Thanks, Ravi and Nalneesh.


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