Amid rising incidents of crimes against women and children, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has expressed concern over the "growing phenomenon" and hoped future training will help new police officers to better deal with the problem.
He also cautioned young IPS officers to overcome the "temptation to ride roughshod over human rights" and stressed on the need to provide emphasis on protecting human rights in police training.
Addressing a group of IPS probationers here yesterday, Singh said urbanisation is probably inevitable and judging by the experience of the rest of the world, India must recognise that as time moves on, people leave villages and migrate to cities.
"If this is not managed properly, it can be a source of tension and disturbance in our country. Therefore, it is necessary for our police officers to understand the dynamics of the process of urbanisation.
"What it does is to increase pressure on police forces to maintain law and order and tranquillity, to ensure peace is maintained, to ensure police is well equipped to deal with crimes in urban areas and in particular crimes against woman and children," Singh said.
He said crimes against women and children are a "growing phenomenon in urban metropolitans."
He said he was happy to know that the problem of crimes against women and children have figured prominently in the course material of IPS trainees.
A girl in Kolkata died on Tuesday after she immolated herself following a gangrape.
A bride-to-be in Ludhiana died of acid wounds she sustained recently in an attack at a beauty parlour where she was getting ready for her marriage.
Referring to protection of human rights, Singh said it is an area where there is a growing concern worldwide.
"In the process of law enforcement, there is sometimes temptation to ride roughshod over human rights. In a society as civilised as India, we must ensure that the respect for maintenance and enforcement of human rights receives as much emphasis in our training processes as is humanly possible," he said.
The Prime Minister said that outside the realm of growing urbanisation, there are other tensions in the country's economy and polity.
"Today we face numerous challenges. There is the challenge of terrorism. We have been able to ward off many terrorist attacks," he said.
He said while rapid transformation is taking place all over the world, the underlying conditions which guide the national and state-level entities are also undergoing changes.
"It is, therefore, very essential that our police officers of future must be fully aware of the changes that are taking place in our society, polity and economy to equip them as to perform as future officers of police forces...," Singh said.
Terming national peace and tranquillity as the very foundation of the development of the economy and polity, he said those who have the responsibility to maintain law and order have a very important role to play in getting the country moving again on the path of sustained development, cohesion, peace and tranquillity.
Referring to their training, he said "Sardar Vallabhai Patel was a super patriot, nationalist to the core and he played most important role in integrating Indian states with the Indian union. I am sure training at an institute named after Sardar Vallabhai Patel will inspire you to acts of heroism, dedication and commitment to national values."
The Prime Minister said it was a good step to include more women in leadership role in police forces.