Friday, October 2, 2015

65-year old gets new typewriter as police abuse goes viral

policeman kicking and smashing the typewriter of Krishna Kumar
The images of the policeman kicking and smashing the typewriter that Krishna Kumar used to earn his livelihood went viral and generated outrage across the country. Mr Kumar sits on the road outside the city's main post office and types up applications, letters and affidavits.

"I suppose it was God's will what happened. That the sub-inspector that day decided to pick on me and my typewriter, and not the man sitting next to me. He picked up my typewriter and dashed it on the ground without any provocation. When I pleaded with him that it was my only source of income, he crushed it with his shoes so that it could not even be repaired."
"I was not aware that someone had photographed the sub-inspector vandalising my typewriter. I had no idea that anyone knew what happened that day. I didn't even know that there was something called social media. Even my son is not familiar with it. So when senior administration and police officials, accompanied by some journalists, came to my house on Saturday with two typewriters, I could not believe my eyes.

It was only then that I learnt that thanks to the photographs on social media, people had come to know about what had happened. "

Mr Kumar has been working as a Hindi-language typist for more than 35 years
"I have been sitting at this spot for 35 years now. It was typing that helped me put my son through school and helped him start a small grocery store from our house. It also allowed me to contribute to the building of our house.

I only earn about 100 rupees a day, but that is my only source of income."
"As for the sub-inspector, I don't want to lodge an official complaint against him. Like me, he too has a family. Why should they suffer because of his actions? He has already been suspended. Maybe now he will think twice before he misbehaves with poor people again. "