Ours is probably the only country where people are afraid of the people who are paid to protect them against crime. Yes, we are all afraid of the police. The image of police in India is such that people avoid interacting with the police as far as possible. The stories of how police mistreats the victims of crimes is a big deterrent for people who wish to complain against crime.
But not anymore. Home Minister Mr P Chidambaram has promised Indians that we shall soon be able to lodge FIRs without going to the police station. The government is working on an option to file online FIRs which will completely eliminate the need of routing a complaint through the police station. The new system will be implemented this year.