The duty of the police is “to protect and to serve.” Although the image of policemen in our country is not so public-friendly they often go out of their way to show their love by helping others. One such thing happened when a woman deputy superintendent of police (DSP) came forward and offered to take the guardianship of a prisoner’s daughter.

Aniket Kothale, the father of the three-year-old girl died allegedly in the custody of the Sangli police about one month ago. Kothale allegedly died in police custody and his body was burnt and disposed of in the Amboli ghat section. Six people, including five policemen, were arrested in the case and charged with various sections of IPC.


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The incident has caused a huge damage to the reputation of the police due to which Kothale’s family was offered Rs10 lakhs as compensation along with the expedition of the probe.The incident created an uncertainty about the little girl’s future, after which Sujata Patil, deputy SP of Hingoli came to the rescue. She has already written a letter to Kolhapur range special inspector general of police Vishwas Nangre-Patil regarding the legal permission.

Aniket Kothale with wife Sandhya and daughter Pranjal before his custodial death image /source: mid-day

While talking to TOI, Sujata said, “Neither can I get a son for Kothale’s mother nor a husband for his young widow. But there is definitely something I can do for his small daughter, who does not even understand what has happened. We will take care of her education and all future needs.”

Sujata is already a mother of 3 children and has served the Mumbai police for last 29 years. She also told that she would complete the legal process soon and the girl will be her fourth child. What’s more impressive is her husband and daughter are also supporting her decision and are happy about it. Sujata is comfortable with the girl staying with her or her original birth mother.

This humanitarian gesture of Sujata has won the hearts of many and she is getting admirations from her seniors.Hingoli SP Arvind Chawria said, “She has made us proud. This will not only set an example before society but also go a long way in helping the police shore up its image.”

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