A few weeks ago, a call centre employee was raped and murdered. The usual suspects hollered, and it was back to business as usual.
For everyone except Bangalore’s Sherlock Holmeseque police.
This singular incident made them suddenly discover their latent chivalry. Their conclusion, after spending nights of post-mortemming the crime is worthy of emulation by police forces across the country.
The rapist-driver molested the unfortunate lady inside a Tata Sumo after parking it in a desolate area, then slit her throat and killed her. The Sumo’s glasses were tinted. THIS, my dear Watson is the point we need to latch on, cried the police triumphantly. Un-tinting the glasses of all cars in Bangalore is the foolproof way to prevent similar future crimes, they declared.
With a rare display of prompt action, they unleashed a notification to this effect in all newspapers. Then again with an uncharacteristic elan, they assured the citizens that they’d depute officers to courteously help the public with the untinting process. They set January 15 as the deadline. Hundreds of law-abiding (read: fearing) citizens showed up to get their tint-percentage checked and hundreds more completely untinted their car glasses spending in the range of 900-5000 rupees.
Meanwhile, law-breaking citizens stirred a protest, curse their collective souls, that this was unreasonable, that using tinted glasses helped protect privacy, etc. Few others asked for charity to begin at home: let the cops and the politicians untint their car glasses first, and so on.
Suddenly the police realized that their tinted brainwave to prevent Pratibha-like incidents had after all been a no-brainer. And so:
Drive against tinted glass off
Doesn’t this remind us of a famous lunatic-king who physically shifted his capital from Delhi to Daulatabad?