Hey Delhites! Do you carry an identity proof when out on roads of the capital? If no, you may land up in trouble. From January 15, it would be necessary for all to carry identity proofs for [as they say it] security reasons. The Leutinent-Governor of Delhi said on Friday that the Delhi Police had been issued orders to conduct random checks on people to establish their credentials.
Lieutenant-Governor Tejendra Khanna said,
The decision to verify the identity of the citizens has been taken in the wake of the recent terror attacks in various parts of the country. The move would help in preventing such incidents.
Identity cards issued by schools, colleges, and offices would also serve the purpose along with election photo I-card, passport and ration cards, or just any valid identity proof. The Delhi government would give adequate publicity to this moves, the Leutinent-Governor (L-G) has said.
The L-G said that the move was not aimed at harassing people but protecting them. But in a country like ours, not everyone has got an identity proof. It is mainly due to lack of appropriate certificates like birth certificates and the new election I-Card. A large number of people flock to Delhi in search of livelihood as they do not get ample to survive in their villages and small-towns.
A majority of these people are not likely to possess any identity proof. So will they require not to venture out on roads? Or simply be asked to leave the city? Or put in jails? The move to make carrying I-Cards necessary in Delhi, is a major setback to the freedom of people. If I can’t move freely in my own country, then where can I? It’s fine that there is a need to nab terrorists but, is it imminent to curtail the freedom of a common-man?
As long as terrorists are concerned, I am dead sure they would manage to spoof this new provision some how or the other. Making a forged identity card is not that difficult and it’s quite unlikely that the police will verify the document.
Are you ready to get down from your AC vehicle at the dead of night and be frisked, that too in a chilly winters of Delhi. Hope people get used to the insult soon.
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Source: The Hindu