Sunday, June 13, 2010

Blind indeed

Lady Justice, the Roman goddess of Justice wears a blindfold in order to indicate that justice is (or should be) meted out objectively, without fear or favor, regardless of identity, money, power, or weakness: blind justice and blind impartiality. But in the Indian context unfortunately, the lady is not just blind, she is deaf as well.

I just can't understand this mockery called as Judiciary in this country. Looking at some of the recent verdicts, i can only say this system is a big joke. First of all why are we taking such a long time to arrive at a decision. We can't convict the grandchildren of the criminal for his offense. Is this because the whole system is outdated, or is it because the politicians and seasoned criminals/gangsters are able to work their way out and buy time (Years and years) fooling the system. At the same time petty criminals and part time robbers are well within the reach of law while big fishes are leading a comfortable life outside.

For killing 25000 people due to sheer negligence, we have given two years for 8 officials of the company. While the biggest culprit who cared a damn for 'indians' is still playing golf and leading a luxurious retirement life. The audit report submitted to the management 2 years prior to the tragedy clearly stated the risks, while the management promptly acted and upgraded their american plant, the indian plant was left like that. I guess the management decision was right when you look at the verdict now. Wonder what could have happened if the same accident occured in their american factory. Warren Anderson would have been hanged long back. Its not just because we do not have an active civil society, we have politicians who have unimaginable greed for money. I am pretty sure some of them would have made millions out of this tragedy while the victims got pathetic compensation. The only mistake bhopal victims did is that they are born in a third world country where price of human life is cheap.

We all know there is a terrorist named kasab who came from Pakistan and killed 100s of people in mumbai. We have seen this in TV, read in papers with pictures. You will get at least a 1000 witnesses against kasab. But still the government is taking years to hang him. Crores of rupees are spent for his security. This money is coming from the tax payers of this country. Is nt this ridiculous. One bullet would have done the job that day itself.

The best place for the rich culprits to hide is hospitals. Satyam Raju has proved that if you are rich and influential, no law can put you in jail as there are so many judges in our country with a price tag attached to their black coat. Seems like the Modis and Tytlers will roam around free till the next civil war.


scorpiogenius said...

Yes man, life in India is cheap as proven by ourselves and also by other countries. No point in blaming the judiciary at this point of time. The cases registered against the offenders could fetch the maximum punishment of just 2 years. Those people should've been tried under much more serious charges. Whatever, after 25 years and >10K (unofficial) lives, this is how it all ended...or has it?

Just try being careless with a gas-tank leading to loss of one or two lives in the US, you will probably end up in the gallows for the good no of years. Bhopal is a case-study, on a variety of perspectives.

Ajith said...

@ scorpio - absolutely, hopefully our politicians review what happend in bhopal before drafting nuclear bill.