SILLY POINT

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The Burking of Indian Police
THE Supreme Court recently came down heavily on the Indian police for its deliberate failure to register First Information Reports or FIRs in respect of crimes reported to them by the citizenry. It pointedly referred to the widespread practice of “burking”, a colloquial expression used in police circles for this popular method of fudging crime statistics.

I had never heard this word being used in civilised discourse and was surprised to see the highest court of the land giving it some kind of legitimacy. Having always been curious about language, I was nudged into action. I consulted the Concise Oxford Dictionary (COD), the holy mecca for all those interested in the nuances of the English language.

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