Javeed Ahmad, Director General of Police (DGP) of Uttar Pradesh had a Taser gun tested on him. The video featuring the DGP while he took on the electroshock Taser shot went viral on social media, and a lot of the people were left a bit confused with the device. A Taser looks like a conventional gun with a handle a barrel and a trigger. But the Taser does not fire bullets and instead makes the person suffer incapacitation resulting in a short time immobility. The Taser sends dart-like electrodes at the target. The device is used in many countries by the police and security forces and its used to quell disturbances without physically harming the person. Security forces in many countries use three different kinds of ‘stun guns’, one of which is the Taser. The other two are the handheld stun gun and the liquid stun gun.
These are non-lethal weapons but may cause injuries. They disrupt the electric flow signals through nerve cells. The electrical charge having low amperage and high voltage disrupts the signals which the physical parts of the body send to the brain according to perception. The charge has so much pressure that it can penetrate through the body even with several layers of clothes. The person has to be close or in contact with the gun. It does not harm the body too much and definitely cannot kill a person. It just causes temporary muscle paralysis, confusion, and imbalance. The Taser can be used in any part of the body as it affects the muscle. NASA researcher Jack Cover had developed the Taser in the year 1974.
Taser is used in the USA and many European countries by the police, and in some places, it is even legal for a citizen to keep it for safety. They have been many cases of abuse of the Taser and several laws have come forth regarding the use of the gun. Though the act of the DGP to raise awareness of the use of the gun has been applauded by many, it remains to be seen whether there are strict regulations in its use.