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Menace of Hoax Calls

New Delhi, Sat, 17 May 2008 Vikash Ranjan

Every serial bomb blasts or any other terrorist activities are many times followed by a number of hoax calls hovering over the police departments dealing with that persistently becomes hectic for them. The complexities of such calls for the police are that these leave no option for them except to deal with sincerity. These calls always have lives at stakes can not be avoided at any cost.

If there is time, police tries to find out the source of such calls, but that always not becomes possible especially when they have to fight against time.

Without knowing one's cranky move could put him or her behind bars, deliberate fake calls sometimes are made either to gain mental satisfaction or committing something grave to divert the attention of police and the security agencies.

Some deleterious mind people without knowing consequence feels pleasure in harassing others by repeatedly making false, grossly offensive, obscene or threatening telephone calls undoubtedly committing an offence, which can have a grave detrimental effect on health and well being of the person receiving the calls.

Those airhead people who make fake calls to emergency services uselessly waste significant services and consequently could be endangering the innocent lives of others by diverting their attention from those who are in actual need.

In recent times, hoax call receiving by the police has been the order of the day. It has kept the police on their toes. Whether a call about the live bomb inside a Noida mall or menace to blow up Kanpur airport or many others such calls receiving by the security agencies have turned out to be a hoax.

Calls made by terror outfits always demand dealing with sincerity, as they rarely send messages in advance.

But, what about those calls make by children considering as harmless fun? For instance, calling out the fire brigade to false alarms is not only dangerous, but is also incurs a heavy drain on finances.

Once a man missed his train to Surat at Bandra Terminus and later, he decided to make a hoax call to cause the train a delay so he could board it.

In another incident, Braham Dev Singh from Bihar was so exasperated by the state of affairs in the country that he decided to meet the President to give him some tips on how to deal with the situation. Unable in his attempt to reach the President, he chose a filthy way to meet him. He attempted to make a call to inform the police on the pretext of informing them about a bomb in Rashtrapati Bhawan, but caught red-handed.

In the fresh incident, the Director General of UP Police, Vikram Singh received an SMS on his mobile pertaining a threat to bomb the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) premises. The police could not get a clue about the identity of the sender of the message, but tightened security around the building.

According to a data, Delhi Police gets 18 hoax calls a day. A total of 6,370 hoax calls were registered last year in 2007. However, a decline of 27 percent was noticed in comparison to 2006, when 8,771 fake calls were received.

Questions arises now how to deal with such mongers. An education scheme to make an individual engaged in making hoax calls may be one of the solutions to realise them the consequence of their actions. But, certainly that can not be the permanent solution.

An individual persistently indulged in making hoax calls can be best served with gross penalty, which could deter him from further involvement in callous act. Also, these people need to be dealt psychologically, as their act fall as unacceptable behavioural disorder. Psychological aspects of this indecent crime can not be ignored. Hence, they must be dealt with proper counselling.

Awareness through media at large and civil society at the local level could be a far-reaching solution to the grave Hoax Calls Menace.

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