Unlike many of his friends, Shiv Prakash, a resident of Mughalsarai in Uttar Pradesh, didn’t ‘walk back’ home during the lockdown. Employed as an unarmed security guard at a residential society in Gurgaon, he didn’t need to. His salary is decent, and he gets medical cover and ESIC and PF benefits. During the lockdown he also earned something intangible—a lot of respect. “The lockdown made people realise the significance of unarmed security guards,” says Rituraj Kishore Sinha, group managing director, Security and Intelligence Services (SIS), a private security agency (PSA).