All India Bakchod (AIB) and hotstar are slowly but surely pushing the envelope when it comes to content on the recently launched satirical news comedy On Air With AIB. The show anchored by Internet sensation All India Bakchod draws attention to critical, burning issues in a witty and humorous, yet sensitive and well-researched manner. The 3rd episode titled ‘Cop Blocked’ in English and ‘Dar Ke Aage Police Hai’ in Hindi, stirred up the controversial topic of Police brutality and educates the viewers on the rights of Indian citizens facing the issue!
The episode however begins with a brief focus on the recently held Bihar elections which saw a hara-kiri of the news channels jumping the gun and declaring BJP as the winner as early as 9:30 in the morning. What followed was no less than a media circus resulting in a veteran mediaperson issuing an apology.
The show quickly moves on to the main topic of Police brutality, not before the AIB boys take a few jabs at the Bihar elections, much to the delight of the studio audience and the audience of hotstar. Making references from the recent cases of brutality against citizens, the AIB boys go on to explain the plight of the common man who is terrified with a mere mention of the word Police, even though he may have done nothing. The show also throws light on the outrageous statistics of Police inhumanity and torture that have resulted in 1504 people dying in Police custody and 12,727 people dying in Judicial custody, between 2001 and 2010.
Urging the powers to be to move on from the Indian Police Act of 1861 formed by the British Government, the episode informs the viewers that inspite of the Model Police Act Draft Bill passed by 17 States in 2006, the rest of the country is still governed by the Act of 1861. The episode also showcases footage of Former DGP of UP Police and a Police Rights Activist Prakash Singh who says that it is convenient for the Political parties to retain the act of 1861 and misuse it to push their own agenda.
In the same year 2006, the Supreme Court had issued a directive to the States to set up the Police Complaint Authority (PCAs) – an independent body to investigate complaints of Police harassment against Citizens. While as per the Supreme Court order there ought to be one PCA in each State and Union Territory, totaling to 36, the current number stands at a miserable 7.
Explaining citizens rights to the viewers and staying true to the show’s spirit, the episode takes a gimmicky twist with duplicates of Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Shahrukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan and Govinda giving a social message and explaining citizen rights in a humorous fashion, claiming that real celebrities were too scared to come on a show that talks about Police brutality!