Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Finally.....Some Hope

“Justice delayed is justice denied” this was the statement which echoed in my ears for a million times when I was studying political science in college.
Indian judiciary system is weak in terms of closing a case rather “giving justice” to the required. One reason why I backed out from studying law would be this…. How can you delay a verdict and let go the victim who has committed a brutal crime like rape or murder???
There’s no punch in our judiciary and that’s the reason our politicians think that they can manage the judicial system and decide on the case themselves.Anyways who’s going to get affected if someone’s convicted or let go freely except for the victim and their families??? India with such a huge population has become lethargic and lay back in terms of handling criminal cases and activities. Latest examples would be the Jessica lal case where the case is hanging out even now after 10+ years of her murder.Thanks to the media and various voluntary organizations that Priyanka Mattoo’s case is coming to an end after so many years.If someone really wants to do a reality check on the efficiency of our legal system kindly ask the families of Priyanka Mattoo and Jessica lal’s families. This would be a major disadvantage of our country being democratic and legal system which believes in giving a fair share to everyone before the conclusion. Why do Supreme authorities have to give a fair chance to the accused when all the evidences stand against them????
Today I really appreciate the Delhi High court for breaking the monotony and convicting the guilty very soon. Least one can do is to wait for justice to prevail but what’s use of justice when its delayed so long that people have forgotten who’s Jessica lal or Priyanka Mattoo???Will we get to see something like this with Jessica lal's Case too???

Mattoo verdict: Can the activist media take a bow?
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court verdict in the Priyadarshini Mattoo rape and murder case has come as a shot in the arm for those campaigning for justice in other similar cases, notably the high-profile Jessica Lall murder trial and the Nitish Katara case.
While the conviction of Santosh Kumar Singh has raised hopes for the Lalls and the Kataras, it has also given the Indian media a day in the sun, bringing into sharp focus its role as a watchdog. While many criticised what they described as “trial by the media” in the three high-profile cases, it’s generally agreed upon that media campaigned almost as relentlessly as the victims’ kin themselves.
It has also made the ardent critics of media sit up and take notice. For once, they have a tough question to answer: had the media not taken up Mattoo case, would the results have been the same?
No, believe many veteran journalists.
"Without media, I don't think the so-called conscience of judiciary would have woken up. It took six years for the judiciary, what happened in the intervening years?" asks Editor-in-Chief of news weekly Outlook, Vindo Mehta.
Both Jessica Lall's sister Sabrina and Nitish Katara’s mother Neelam are now hopeful that justice will not be denied to their wronged kin.
"In a democracy, it’s very important for people to know what’s happening and how people are suffering. The media has played a very important role and I would like to thank the media," says Neelam Katara.
While campaigners for justice in both cases rallied on streets, took out candle-light marches and started mass SMS campaigns, media brought the raging debate into millions of living rooms.
In fact, CNN-IBN tracked down the key witness in Katara case Bharti Yadav in London - something the Delhi Police and the Indian Government could not manage in the last four years.
“Judiciary is shocked by what the trial court judge in the Priyadarshini case said, so this is a historical judgement,” says an activist Aditya Raj Kaul.
While journalists would hesitate calling it trial by media, this is one conviction likely to set a precedent for other cases.

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