By Shahana Khan

The Policemen or “Thulas” as we know them; these men in khakhi never get the respect they deserve.

Whether it is Holi, Diwali, Eid or any other festival, one can always find some policeman or woman on duty. Even when we are at fault, it is the mistake of that “ Thula “ who has caught us. Kyunki usse paise lene the humse. In spite of all this, these men/ women in khaki are protecting us day in & day out.

One day prior to lockdown I was travelling from Ghaziabad to Gwalior for my work. I was stopped at no less than 7 checkpoints where these people were requesting people not to travel unnecessarily. The temperatures were soaring and these men had nothing to beat the scorching heat. They were standing there and literally begging people to stay indoors!

These frontline warriors are most vulnerable to the pandemic as they are guarding containment zones, evacuating masses from temples, gurudwaras and Markaz, enforcing lockdown and helping migrants reach home. I was deeply saddened to hear the news of the demise of a 52-year-old policeman who was infected by the coronavirus while performing his duties in Indore. Today more than six policemen are battling life and death in Mumbai. All infected while performing their duties.

For once we need to understand; these people are laying down their lives and putting the lives of their families at stake for our safety and not their personal benefits. At the end of the day, the only silver lining for these men in Khaki is a video call from their family members because going home in this time of crisis is a far-fetched thought for them.