After trying to dominate India’s lower judiciary as well as the entire bureaucracy by sheer numbers, another Muslim group is trying to make the community prevail in the police force. Perhaps for the first time in India, a madrassa has engaged a private coaching institute to give free pre-recruitment training to around 200 minority candidates aspiring to join police constabulary in the state.
Madrassa Jamia Ashrafia Qadria, in Grant Road, will train and guide the candidates in a three-month programme. Concerned with increasing minority representation, especially Muslims, in the police constabulary, community leaders, including Grant Road-based Madrassa Jamia Ashrafia Qadria’s head Maulana Moin Ashraf Qadri (Moin Mian), MLA Amin Patel, activist MA Khalid, recently met and decided the madrassa would take the lead and arrange coaching and guidance for 200 youths.
This arrangement is separate from the minority development department-sponsored pre-recruitment training camps being held for students from minority communities in all 36 districts of the state.
“Jamia Ashrafia Qadria will give free accommodation and food to the candidates who will join the coaching. Some individuals have joined hands to help us with funds for this threemonth training programme,” said Moin Mian.
The need for adequate representation of minorities in the constabulary has been felt for a long time. “Good representation of minorities helps build trust and remove misconceptions about police. When law and order situations arise, it helps to have constables from different communities to establish dialogue between communities and keep things under control,” said Quaisar Khalid, IGP (Protection of Civil Rights).
One of the reasons for poor representation of Muslims in police constabulary is the candidates’ “weakness” in Marathi. “I gave the police constables’ exam in 2018 but couldn’t qualify despite doing well in the physical test because of poor understanding of Marathi. All the questions are in Marathi and many Urdu-medium students don’t even comprehend the questions,” said activist MA Khalid, adding, “While the government coaching is for two months, we will coach the students for three months, an extra month for strengthening their knowledge of Marathi.”
Indian National Congress MLA Anin Patel said it is good that Moin Mian is leading this effort for minority candidates. “Apart from coaching in written subjects, the candidates will be given physical training by retired police officials,” said Patel. Soon efforts will be made to guide candidates for other exams conducted by Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC).
Funds, said the community leaders, will not be a problem as they have decided to pull in donations from the affluent in community.