Kangana Ranaut and CISF –  A Collision of Rights and Responsibilities

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Kangana Ranaut and CISF –  A Collision of Rights and Responsibilities

By Prof. Jasim Mohammad

In a democratic society, the right to free speech stands as a fundamental pillar which offers individuals the liberty to express their opinions, beliefs, and concerns without fear of retribution. However, recent events have cast a dark shadow over this fundamental freedom, as Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut found herself at the centre of a disturbing incident involving a physical altercation at Chandigarh Airport. The incident involving Kangana Ranaut being slapped by a CISF personnel, Kulwinder Kaur, reportedly occurred due to a confrontation at Chandigarh Airport. The altercation was sparked by comments made by Ranaut that were perceived as derogatory towards Punjabi women during the farmers’ protest. Kulwinder Kaur, who was on duty, took offense to these remarks, particularly because her mother was reportedly participating in the farmers’ protest. It is deeply regrettable that instead of fulfilling their duty to protect and serve, a CISF constable chose to resort to violence, betraying the trust placed in them by the citizens they are sworn to protect.

Kangana Ranaut, a prominent figure in Indian cinema and a newly elected MP, has been vocal about her views on various social and political issues. It is well within her rights as a citizen to express her opinions, even if they are controversial or unpopular. Freedom of speech is a fundamental pillar of democracy, and individuals, especially public figures, should be able to voice their thoughts without fear of reprisal.  While opinions may differ, engaging in constructive discourse is essential for progress and understanding. Rather than resorting to violence or aggression, differences of opinion should be addressed through dialogue and debate.

Security personnel are entrusted with the responsibility of maintaining order and ensuring the safety of individuals, regardless of their personal beliefs or opinions. Kaur’s actions violated Ranaut’s rights and also reflect poorly on the professionalism and integrity of the CISF. Beyond this specific incident, it is the responsibility of security personnel, including the CISF, to uphold the rule of law and protect the rights of individuals. In a democratic society, everyone is entitled to their opinions, and disagreements should be addressed through peaceful means. Security personnel, including those from the CISF, should be the guardians of peace and security, ensuring that individuals can go about their lives without fear of harm or harassment. They should serve as role models of professionalism, integrity, and respect for human rights. However, the actions of one individual have cast a shadow over the entire organization, highlighting the urgent need for reforms and accountability measures within the CISF.

The  primary responsibility of security personnel, such as the CISF is to maintain order, prevent potential threats, and facilitate the smooth flow of passengers. However, this duty extends beyond physical protection to encompass upholding the principles of justice, fairness, and respect for individual rights. In the case of the altercation at Chandigarh Airport, the CISF constable’s actions failed to uphold these principles and also escalated the situation unnecessarily. Security personnel must be trained to de-escalate confrontations and handle sensitive situations with professionalism and tact. Security personnel should remain neutral and impartial, regardless of their personal beliefs or affiliations. Their loyalty should be to the constitution and the rule of law, rather than to any particular individual or ideology. Any deviation from this principle undermines the credibility and integrity of the security forces and erodes public confidence in their ability to fulfill their duties impartially. The role of security forces  is pivotal in safeguarding the rights and freedoms of citizens while maintaining law and order. From police officers to airport security personnel, these individuals are entrusted with the responsibility of upholding the rule of law, protecting public safety, and ensuring the smooth functioning of society.

However, with this authority comes a significant obligation to exercise their powers judiciously, responsibly, and impartially. Security forces, including the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), must adhere to strict codes of conduct and ethical standards to maintain public trust and confidence. Any abuse of power or misconduct not only undermines the credibility of the institution but also erodes the foundation of democracy itself.

Rivalry and conflict are inevitable in any society, especially one as diverse and dynamic as India. However, it is essential to address these differences through constructive dialogue, mutual respect, and adherence to the rule of law. The escalation of tensions between individuals, whether due to personal disagreements or ideological differences, should never justify resorting to physical violence. Slapping or any form of physical assault is not only morally wrong but also illegal, regardless of the circumstances. It violates the fundamental rights and dignity of individuals and undermines the fabric of civil society. Differences of opinion are inevitable and should be respected as part of the rich tapestry of diversity. Rivalry should be channelled into constructive competition, where individuals and groups strive to outdo each other through merit, talent, and hard work, rather than resorting to aggression or hostility.

The act of slapping Kangana Ranaut, or any individual, is not only abhorrent but also a blatant violation of their fundamental human rights. Regardless of one’s personal opinions or disagreements with Ranaut, resorting to physical violence is an egregious display of aggression and a complete disregard for basic decency and civility. Such actions have no place in a civilized society and should be unequivocally condemned. The CSIF personnel responsible for slapping Kangana Ranaut has not only committed a criminal offense but has also perpetuated a culture of violence and intimidation. Physical assault is an act of cowardice, demonstrating an inability to engage in rational discourse or handle differences of opinion in a mature and civilized manner.  Moreover, the act of slapping Kangana Ranaut is not just an attack on her as an individual but also an assault on the principles of democracy and free speech. Individuals have the right to express their opinions freely, without fear of physical reprisal or intimidation.

Prof. Jasim Mohammad
Prof. Jasim Mohammad

Those responsible for perpetrating such acts must be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. There can be no justification or excuse for resorting to violence as a means of expressing disagreement or disapproval. It is imperative that society sends a strong and unequivocal message that such behaviour will not be tolerated and that those who engage in such actions will face consequences for their reprehensible behaviour.

(The author is a Professor in Comparative Literature, AUS, Namsai. Email: [email protected])

***Published under freedom of expression IBG NEWS neither agree nor disagree with the view expressed***

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