HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
n How can young people be arrested based on how they look? It is appaling that young people of today are judged based on their hairstyles or clothes. We should not base our ideas about people because of how they look or what they wear. A person can be determined good or bad only by his/her deeds. So, I believe that criminal activities will not be controlled by this action; instead this act of Nepal Police may backfire as most of the youngsters believe that having any kind of hairstyle they want is their right.
— Pooja Lama, Swoyambhu, Kathmandu
n People, especially, youth with long locks and piercing, are ‘the’ criminals — what a dogmatic approach to find out the criminal! Had it been during the trend of hippie culture in Nepal, I would have appreciated the initiative of Nepal Police as people with long locks and piercing were mostly criminals, selling drugs and killing lives. However, times have changed and so have the mindsets of people. The same dogmatic action would bring nothing but infringement on people’s right, and
— Deepesh Duwadi, Kalanki
n This is the world of modernisation where fashion rules every young heart and mind. As far as long hair and piercings are concerned, they are part of fashion and I think anyone who adores those trends can adopt it. However, nabbing the boys and girls with long locks and piercings is just like judging a book by its cover. Not every boy and girl with long locks and piercings indulge in criminal activities. So instead of judging a person by his/her looks, the police administration should make reasonable decisions and act in a rational way.
— Sareeta Manandhar
n Nepal is a democratic country. The people of Nepal also have freedom like any other democratic country, but should not be against the Constitution of Nepal. Likewise, people have the right to pierce their ears and keep long hair, especially the boys. The main cause for crime in Nepal is unemployment. People have to rob others for their living. Police arrest boys with long hair and piercings thinking they are involved in crime. Such a campaign is just not practical and rubbish. What if criminals have short hair and no piercings? Can they not be suspected? Such a campaign neither arrests the actual criminal nor minimises crime. As for long hair, every citizen has the right to keep long hair and pierce his or her ears, either female or male.
— Prazun Pokrel
n This new campaign by Nepal Police to judge a person’s attitude by the length of his locks and piercings on the body is absurd. It makes me laugh at the rationale of these so-called great security leaders. The campaign leaders seem to lack the basic knowledge of human psychology and right of personal freedom. If accessories, locks and piercings could predict the criminal mentality of a person, the world would have been a better place to live in. As the cover could judge contents of no book, so is man. Repeatedly, history has proved this claim. In past, many eminent scientists and philosophers like Einstein, Newton, Mendeleev, Karl Marx, Fredrick Angoles and others had long hair. Were they criminals? Even today, many spiritual leaders in our town have long hair and long beard. If this new policy is right and is for all, let’s see all these people behind bars very soon.
— Trilok Sharma, Lahan,
n No, criminal activity will not be stopped by arresting the hippy youngsters. A criminal is a criminal even if s/he looks like saint. One in a hundred of those boys and girls might have the chance of being involved in criminal activities. The police administration should change its attitude of judging a book by its cover to control crime. The recent activities of police to arrest the boys and girls with long locks and piercings does not justify that they are involved in criminal activities. It is seen only as a way to preserve Nepali culture and tradition from being replaced by Western culture. Police administration should make a policy to warn the hippy youngsters not to continue wearing long locks and piercings.
— Rajesh Shrestha
n I am not against long hair and piercings but it is always good if we maintain hygiene and also our appearance gives a direct impression on others. We have seen that people with long hair and piercings are dangerous and yes, such looks scare people. Rather than keeping long hair and piercing body parts as girls do, I think men should live like men. It is always good to apply traditional looks by keeping short hair and wearing decent clothes as our looks say a lot about us. This campaign is good but its theme should be changed into something like this ‘Helping boys and girls to look
— Moin Uddin, Ghattekulo, Kathmandu
n The initiation of Nepal Police to arrest young people with long locks and piercing is very unwise and immature. I do not find any logical connection between the length of hair one has and the criminal activities prevailing around him/her. Estimating the length of hair you keep, the skin you pierce or the tattoo you ink on your body is purely a personal choice. Not all longhaired people are necessarily criminals, while all criminals do not necessarily have long hair. Randomly detaining people just because of his/her appearance is childish. Rather than concentrating on the appearance of people, the police force should opt for more scientific and relevant methods to reduce illegal activities.
— Biva Paudyal
n These campaigns are a drawback in the development of Nepal. People have their own personalities, rights and duties. Unless people are not abiding by the law of the country or violating the rights of another person, people are not accountable to any punishment. Having long hair, piercing, tattoos, coloured hair and keeping long locks are known to be some of the crimes that Nepal police have categorised as. Does that violate others’ rights? Inking tattoos, piercings, colouring hair, keeping long hair are the desires of most of the citizens of Nepal. In the Constitution there are no laws that prohibit a person from wanting these things. Among 100 per cent of the population in the country, assuming 20 per cent are criminals and those criminals have long hair, locks, piercing and tattoos then this does not mean the rest 80 per cent people are criminals. Without any analysis and planning, Nepal Police have been randomly arresting boys and girls just because they look like criminals. This is a violation of human rights. Instead of acting as the protector, they are being
— Grishma Bista
n Yes, it is true that the involvement of today’s youth in criminal activities is increasing day by day and it sounds good that the police administration is taking a step to control the crimes. Many people pierce and keep long locks. It does not mean that they all are criminals. It has become a part of modern fashion, though such fashion statement is destroying our culture. However, we have preconceived notions about them.
Crime depends upon mentality and situation of a person. If young people are arrested just for their locks and piercings, then it is certain that most of them will be mentally tortured. Therefore, police administration should not continue taking such sceptical steps. Rather they should think of a better way to reduce crime, which can also give a moral lesson to the young generation.
— Syanzi Shrestha
n Seeing many celebrities with long locks, our youngsters copy them and learn about different types of fashion trends. So, do these activities make them criminals? Are celebrities criminals too? Everybody has rights and freedom to enjoy their life according to their own way without breaking the law. Then why has such a type of campaign started to seize the right and freedom of the young
To some extent many criminals have long locks and piercings and rough get-up but to judge everyone with similar get-up as a criminal is immature and weakness of our police force. It clearly shows what kind of criminal specialists and policy makers are working in our country. In the name of reducing criminal activities, this campaign is arousing negative feelings and attitudes towards police force among the young generation.
— Tegeena Subedi, Bardiya
n Haircut campaign launched by the Nepal Police is a joke. Several jokes and satires have been published in newspapers, posted in social networking sites making fun of the Nepal Police administration. This step is surely going to tarnish its image, which has recently been applauded by launching ‘MA.PA.SE’ campaign. I saw one of my friends posting a status in Facebook which says ‘Gunda paalne lai samaata, Kapaal paalne lai hoina’.
I don’t know what top officials are thinking exactly. Do they think cutting long hair and removing earrings will eventually mean a crimeless society? Can anyone give me a plausible answer on how looks correlate to criminal activities? There are a lot of criminals who do not have long hair or even are bald. I think Nepal Police’s attitude of judging a book by its cover must be changed to judging a book by its content and quality.
— Rojan Shrestha
n This rule is really judging a book by its cover. Criminals will not change their attitude by cutting their locks or removing their piercings or tattoos. This is just harming people’s freedom. I guess this is not what is supposed to be followed in a democratic country. Some other rules must be formed if we really want thieves and criminals to be caught. This one is just useless. In addition, not everyone with such looks is a criminal.
— Shreeja Shakya
n Nepal Police or any other security force must always be one step ahead of the criminals, only then can they control the crime. However, the campaign by the Nepal Police seems to be one step backward than the criminals. The campaign seems only for publicity and popularity. Therefore, I do not think such a programme will help control criminal activities; instead it may promote and encourage attempting of crimes. In this era of science and technology, it is a ridiculous campaign! Such unwanted and unreliable activities of the police must stop. They must put forward feasible, reliable and fruitful programmes to the society, to work together with the public to achieve the objective.
— Shushil Adhikari, Lamjung
n As a part of the campaign to bring down criminal activities, Nepal Police have started arresting young boys and a few girls with long locks and piercings. During this campaign, many innocent youngsters became victims. They are being arrested for no fault of theirs — this is the complaint of every youngster. In my opinion, it is very wrong to do so. As far as I have heard on the radio, the callers’ views regarding this issue are against this campaign. Even singers have made satirical songs on the Nepal Police.
I do not think the new campaign will curb criminal activities. Crime is uncontrollable and unexpected incident, which is beyond the hand of any human. I appreciate that the Nepal Police is concerned about reduction of crime. However, we cannot expect that all long haired boys are criminals. Even my brother has long hair, but he is a good person. Even academic toppers have long hair. So, are they criminals? By doing so, criminal activities are not going bring down the crime rate.
— Rachana Shrestha,
n In the context of Nepal, it’s a positive step by the Nepal Police. It is said ‘when in Rome, do as Romans do’. Why copy the Western culture when we have our own glorious culture and tradition? But just because one has long hair doesn’t mean that the person is a criminal. Criminals don’t have such looks. In fact they are decent looking, so that police don’t suspect them.
But if this campaign is seriously adopted all over Nepal, then I am sure it will come out as a revolutionary step. However, there must be some criteria to arrest such people. We don’t have appropriate source to evaluate good and bad. To control the crime is good, but the Nepal Police should manage it in a systematic way so that it doesn’t hurt the citizens of Nepal.
— Dikshant Ghimire,Thimi, Bhaktapur
n It’s totally a random assessment of police administration suspecting a fashionable youth to be a criminal. It is hard to segregate people of criminal attitude. It’s really a difficult task for the police to find the criminal. Therefore, I am not sure about this campaign. Either they should think of another alternative or they can actually start doing their job by nabbing the real culprits.
— Arjun Prasad Tiwari
n I think this is good in the sense of discipline and to control the false trend. But it does not mean that people with long hair and piercings are always involved in criminal activities. That’s why it would not help to control criminal activities. In this modern age, the young generation of our country get influenced by Western countries. That’s why they develop an interest to keep long hair and piercing ears, lips et cetera. So, they fulfil their interest by doing these things. I do not agree that people with such interest always have criminal minds and intentions. It is more important to identify the factor that makes people involved in criminal activities.
— Ngima Yangji Sherpa
n Once a doctor asked me if I was a student of architecture; I was puzzled and surprised. So I asked ‘what made him infer that conclusion’. He replied that it was my hair. I had long curly hair back then. And I was a student of civil engineering. I would say ‘the beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder’. I am not inferring that all people with long hair are engineers or well educated. But because some criminals appear that way, it does not mean you can question the nature of good people on that very basis. Clearly the police administration is judging the book by its cover. Short hair does not prevent one from committing crime. I would like to call it a desperate reaction, being unable to control crime.
— Vibek Gupta
n To provide public safety is the prime task of the police administration. In this context, the recent move from police can be taken as a normal course. But the increasing number of criminal activities indicates that by merely rounding up a few individuals for their indulging in anti-social activities would not help reduce criminal activities. As a common man, what I see is a lack of commitment and cooperation by the police personnel. Moreover, the involvement of some police personnel themselves in a number of criminal offences raise questions whether police administration is really serious about providing a safe environment to the public. Thus, the reformation campaign should first start within the police administration so that it can win the public trust. Unless there is a change in the attitude of the security force, social crimes will not decrease.
— Ambika Pandey
n Arresting someone on the basis of looks is a complete violation of human rights. Where is it written that people with long hair are criminals? In today’s world where men and women are given equal rights, why don’t the police personnel catch every woman who has long hair? In our society saints or so called ‘sadhus’ who follow the footsteps of Lord Shiva have long hair who are one of the most innocent and religious people that exist in our society. The police have the right to put a finger on any person as a doubt, but arresting people into on the basis of appearance is what I call lack of law. This doesn’t prove anything but the laziness of the police department by pressurising random people to cut hair in the name of bringing law in the
— Sandesh Neupane,
n Nepal is in a critical phase where political instability, lack of transparency, corruption is at its peak. Many think that arresting young boys and a few girls with long locks and piercings is a tactic of police force to frighten criminals and thieves indirectly. In this way, criminal activities won’t be controlled, rather it will bring critical situations. But it is not only the fault of police force. It is the political pressure, the country’s scenario and public are equally responsible.
— Suman Thapa
n We cannot say s/he is a criminal by the way s/he dresses as book cannot be judged by its cover. We can’t say that boys with long locks and piercings are always bad and a man in a gentleman’s garb is a good person. So I don’t think the recent step taken by the police in the name of taking control of criminal activities is a work to be praised. It is a step taken in order to hide their failure in controlling crime in the city and to get cheap thrills. The police should stop judging books by the covers and try to study the reality.
— Khudang Bijay, Maitidevi
n There are crimes against humanity, destruction of national properties, corruption, extortion and so on that the police could well use its time to control rather than hauling young people with long hair and ‘non-traditional’ looks and labelling them as ‘looking like criminals’ or perceiving them to be on substance abuse.
As tax payers and conscientious citizens, we would rather have the police force protect rights and human security of the Nepali citizens and non-Nepali residents in the country as opposed to taking away young people’s rights. It’s against the law, isn’t it, to terrorise citizens, especially children and young
— Archana Tamang Lama