Addressing citizens as ‘Eda’ and ‘Edi’ is colonial practice, says HC


Justice Devan Ramachandran has made the remark that usage of such colonial terms does not fit for a culturally rich force while considering the case filed by JS Anil, a vendor in Cherpu against the Cherpu Police Sub-Inspector. He also made it clear that this is not only based on the case filed but applicable for all.

Kochi: The Kerala High Court stated that the derogatory words such as ‘Eda’ or ‘Edi’ (Malayalam colloquial language) used by Police is a cultural practice.

Justice Devan Ramachandran stated that usage of such colonial terms does not fit for the culturally rich force. The court was considering the case filed by JS Anil, a vendor in Cherppu, against the rude behaviour of Cherpu Police Sub-Inspector towards him and his daughter.

The court also made it clear that this is not only based on the case filed but applicable for all.

The high court had directed the DGP to issue a circular asking the police officials to stop using Malayalam colloquial language such as ‘Eda or Edi’ while addressing the citizens.

The high court had ordered strict conduct of behaviour to the police while dealing with the public in November 2018. The court directed the DGP to implement this rule strictly and submit a report within two weeks.

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