Should K.P.S. Gill be stripped of his medals?
This puts former Punjab DGP and “super cop” Kanwar Pal Singh Gill (better known as K.P.S. Gill) in the same dock as S.P.S. Rathore, the former Haryana police chief convicted of molesting teenager Ruchika Girhotra.
Is such a step justified?
Gill, convicted in 1996 for misbehaving with an IAS officer, has said it is not right to strip officers of medals with retrospective effect. The former DGP also said he won’t be bothered if his medals are taken away.
Since officers are supposed to show exemplary conduct at all times, stripping them of medals may very well be the correct step.
At the same time, the medals may have been given in recognition of duties performed as police officers — perhaps for general conduct as officers or for specific acts of bravery.
Which medals is the government going to take away?
In Rathore’s case, action was only taken after a huge media outcry over his getting away lightly in the Ruchika case.
It can be argued that no one is perfect and that awards earned for doing good work have no bearing on wrongdoings the officer may have committed.
By this logic, some would say the actions of the central government are knee-jerk and unfair.
To many, K.P.S. Gill was the hero who brought an end to the Punjab insurgency.
Is Gill being wronged?