Polygon was a part of the creation of a new police complaint portal in Firozabad, India.
The new blockchain-powered complaints portal known as the First Information Report (FIR), will aid the 2.8 million citizens living in Firozabad.
The portal enables victims of crimes to file complaints against neighborhood police officers without fear of their claims being disregarded or mishandled by potentially corrupt officers.
The Polygon blockchain technology is now being utilized by the Firozabad police in Uttar Pradesh to combat local police corruption and crime, according to a series of tweets from Polygon co-founder Sandeep Nailwal on October 12.
The initiative is the first of its kind in India and is run on the Ethereum blockchain and powered by Polygon.
The “police complaint on blockchain” service accepts both Hindi and English complaints and does not charge users to submit them. The status of the case may be checked, the assigned officer can be identified, and alerts can be sent regarding the development of a complaint.
Perks of The Blockchain Powered Portal
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon to hear about police corruption in India, just like in other parts of the world.
Police complaints in India have historically been difficult to file because of corruption, drawn-out bureaucratic procedures, and retractions from complainants.
There have been instances where officers who are known to decrease their caseloads by declining to submit crime complaints have pressured or intimidated complainants into amending their initial complaints.
Currently, in India, there are more than 40 million pending court cases.
With that in mind, the creation of a decentralized portal is a perfect use case for how useful blockchain technology can be.
FIR was designed in a way that – once a complaint is filed, it cannot be modified or deleted – it becomes irrevocable.
Polygon Co-Creator Ponders In
Sandeep Naiwal, the Co-founder & Chief Operations Officer at Polygon talked about how this project was “very close to heart” for him.
Born in India, Naiwal knows very well the difficulty that Indian citizens have to go through in order to report a crime to the local police department.
The Polygon Chief Operations Officer also shared that – in his youth – he’d grown up hearing stories about violent crime victims not getting proper justice due to police corruption.
“We grow up hearing about so many of such cases wherein due to some corruption in a local police department,” Naiwal wrote in a Tweet. “Victims (mostly of rapes) are not even able to register complaints or the complaints being manipulated.”
” This could be a game-changer in ensuring the right to justice,”