Saturday, July 07, 2007

Bhagalpur - 20 Years On...

Typical of the Indian Legal System, a local court has awarded prison-terms to 14 men convicted of horrendous crimes - comitted 20 Years Ago!

1989, Communal Riots at Bhagalpur were one of the worst since India's independence. Over a 1000 people were killed in the riots, and the above sentencing pertains to a single incident where 116 people were killed in a village. Given the amount of time elapsed, not surprisingly, 6 of the original 32 accused have died while case files were gathering dust.

Precisely, because the perpetrators of such crime were NOT swiftly rounded-up and Punished, mob-fury is fairly common-place in India. If you are a mob - you can shut-down a city, burn buses, kill-people, do-whatever - because the law does not apply to you, because you are anonymous. This is something not witnessed even in sub-saharan Africa.

And to think of it - the present sentencing - coming after glorious 20 years - is the first one - coming from a local court. There will be appeals, and the case we drag on for much longer time, as it moves up to higher courts in a torturously slow manner.

But where does the problem lie? It directly lies with the law-makers of the land. The folks who sleep in the Parliament, appoint Police Officers not based on merit but by caste-equations, and Legal Luminaries - who would rather keep their mouth shut than speak-up.

What kind of a society are we? All these gung-ho about great culture, Taj making it to 7-wonders, is a joke under such circumstances. What happened to our priorities?

Not-so-random-thought: Everytime we see a person proclaiming on tv, that he/she has full faith in judiciary - it makes us wonder - why repeat it on tv? We never see citizens in other countries make such pronouncements.

5 Comments:

At 6:50 AM, Blogger backpakker said...

Completely agree ...I think we allow such things to pass and we have all become cynical ourselves somewhere deep down

 
At 2:40 AM, Blogger Pijush said...

Agree with you, time has come to implement some drastic rules in order to eradicate these menacing elements from India, but who will do it?

 
At 3:41 AM, Blogger Raghu Ram Prasad said...

yes its really happing in some places...nice blog

 
At 3:44 AM, Blogger Raghu Ram Prasad said...

yes its really happing in some places...nice blog

 
At 3:44 AM, Blogger Raghu Ram Prasad said...

yes its really happing in some places...nice blog

 

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