No Justice for Poor & Weak in India?
Justice seems elusive for the poor & weak in India. Let us see some major examples of non delivery of justice in India & analyse if there is a solution to the problem.
1984-Delhi- Sikhs Massacre
In the 1984 Sikh massacre directed by members of the Congress party about 2800 Sikhs were killed in India, including 2100 in Delhi. Upon inquiry on the subject Rajiv Gandhi, who became the PM said “when a big tree falls, the earth shakes”. There have been very few convictions till date.
1987- Hashimpura-Muslims’ Murder
16 U P police personnel accused in the 1987 Hashimpura massacre of more than 40 Muslims in cold blood were set free on account of lack of evidence.
2002- Gujarat- Muslims’ Killings
Approximately 2000 Muslims were killed in Gujarat in 2002. Modi, who was accused of initiating and condoning the violence, was cleared of complicity in the violence by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) appointed by the Supreme Court of India. The SIT also rejected claims that the state government had not done enough to prevent the riots.
2002- Salman Khan’s Case
Salman Khan was acquitted by the Bombay High Court in a case of driving under the influence of alcohol which had resulted in the death of one and serious injury to four persons.
2016- Air Force Corporal Killed by Audi SUV
On 13 Jan 2016 an Air Force Corporal was killed in a case of rash driving by an Audi SUV in Kolkata. The vehicle was in the name of A Sohrab, son of Mohammad Sohrab, a TMC leader. He has not been arrested till the time of writing this blog.
Common Thread among Cases
Salient common features among the cases are:
- The suspects/accused were powerful, or both rich & powerful.
- The common public opinion is that the accused persons were guilty of the crime.
- The victims were poor & weak.
- No political party considered supporting the victims as politically beneficial.
The above cases bear testimony to what in any case is popularly well known in India that there is no justice for the poor and the weak. It also shows that the rich and the powerful lack character. This also is well known to Indians.
Is there a Solution?
A solution to the problem is very difficult. One can see the condition of Teesta Setalvad, or the people fighting for justice in the above well known, or lesser known cases. There is risk of death, harassment, long & costly struggle without the hope of justice. For a change I am not suggesting any solution, but invite the active youth of India to come up with a feasible solution. The youth in any case will have to find a solution because in a country where justice is not done you cannot hope for much progress! Please share your views!