I agree with you completely. While I've never been dragged to a Police station, the Coimbatore Police made me delete ALL my photos on the camera, and the Bangalore Police took away my memory card. Do we need to send across a letter or something across to the Police?
On Sun, Feb 5, 2012 at 2:40 AM, <wheredevelsd...@hotmail.com> wrote: > Hi, > > I thought Id bring up something thats been at the back of my mind for the > last few days. With offline activities increasing in the last couple of > months, it is a good sign for the project overall in India. However, we > sometimes tend to unintentionally ruffle a few feathers (or people wanting > to take advantage of the situation pretend that we have). This got me > thinking of what sort of backup we Wikipedians can expect if they get into > trouble whiles taking part in volunteer activities? I dont mean getting > caught doing something illegal, I mean any trouble whiles taking part in or > organising routine activities. I dont mean to scare people, this is > something that is the result of recent happenings. In Mumbai, Wikipedians > have had to visit the Police Station twice in the last 3 months. > > First time we had a battery of people including Chapter Secretary Naveen > Francis, WMF Deputy Director Erik Moeller (who literally got off a flight > and walked into the cop station), our Legal brain Gautam John, WMF Trustee > Bishakha Dutta and WMF Advisor Achal Prabhala among others go down to the > police station as a political party threatened to stage a protest at our > event in November 2011. > > Last month, we had another visit to the police station during the > photowalk because a corporate house was paranoid when we took photographs > of their headquarters. Hisham, Gautam and Achal were all unavailable, > thankfully Bishakha was and she was able to get a legal opinion from some > lawyer friends that what we were doing was totally legal as it was not a > prohibited area. We cannot expect to fall back on such people all the time, > after all they are here as volunteers as well (well, except for Erik and > Hisham). > > Reiterating, that though we were on the right side of the law, we were > dragged to the police. I am worried what the case would be if a formal > complaint or a case is filed against a Wikipedian (though Im hoping this > will never happen) to trouble or scare him, what assurance does he have > from the organisation? As most Wikipedians are doing volunteer-work in > their spare time, I think its highly important that there is some sort of > assurance that they will not be left to fend for themselves if something > unforeseen leaves them personally in a spot of bother. Could someone from > India Programs or WM-IN please advice the community of what sort of back-up > and legal support/insurance the community can expect in the event of such > eventualities? > > Kind Regards, > > > _______________________________________________ > Wikimediaindia-l mailing list > Wikimediaindiaemail@example.com > To unsubscribe from the list / change mailing preferences visit > https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediaindia-l > > -- Regards, Srikanth Ramakrishnan. Wikipedia Coimbatore Meetup on February 12th. http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Meetup/Coimbatore Aliens invaded Tamil Nadu, left their Spacship and now it is a Toll Plaza. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:IVRCL-Vijayamangalam-Toll-Plaza.JPG
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