Freedom Expression


Posted in India, Indian Judiciary, Politicians, Politics, Rapists, Women Issues by Tall Guy on January 6, 2013



I and my friend were awaiting the arrival of the train, when he popped up the question of “What do you think of the Delhi gang rape?”

My first reaction was a “forced” silence that I thrusted upon myself with thoughts coming in my mind that no matter what I think about the issue, it will not end up making a difference.

As of now there is a lot of anguish among the people over the brutality of the incident that took place. How the life of a young girl with desires of fulfilling her dreams was abrupt cut short by men who unleash the beasts that resided within them.

It feels good that protests are being carried out throughout the nation demanding for better protection, to protect the rights of women and punish the culprits guilty of such heinous crime. The real question is will we be able to make that difference?

We, the Indian citizens suffer from short-term memory loss. Its like straight out of the movie Ghajini and donning the role of Amir Khan who lives in the reality for a short moment and is always clueless of his actions. We will vent out of fury, cry and make noise and then after a few days with our govt. making false assurances go back to our old ways as if nothing has happened.

India today is represented by inefficient, corrupt politicians for whom their own interests come first before the nation. The sad part is that none of the political parties can truly states that largest democratic country lives by the laws of “government of the people, by the people and for the people” the pillars of foundation for a democratic country.

Justice is dead in this country. The only place where people pin their hopes to get justice is our judicial system. Our courts is plagued by backlog of cases, shortage of judges to preside over court. The time the court takes to pass verdict often make people cynical and sarcastic. Wonder if justice can truly be delivered or the system is leveraged to benefit the corrupt/culprits as long as justice is delayed. Yet one only hears of talks of improving the system but no concrete progress has been made. Funnily though all of this does not stop the courts from going on vacations (set up during the British empire) even as justice is awaited…..

What do people in such a nation should do? Choose to look the other side? even though our so-called elected representatives are not doing the job they are supposed to. Are the people suppose to watch in silence like Gandhiji’s three monkeys “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”?

Its time to take a stand, make that difference that a nation needs from its people. The protest for the Delhi gang rape should not just stop there. Stating opinions will not make a difference unless followed by action. So the question now is what are we waiting for……

Bonus: The below ad rightly portrays the sentiment of India.



Posted in India, Indian Judiciary, Politicians, Politics by Tall Guy on November 12, 2010

There is a saying about the corruption in India that even after paying a bribe one cannot be certain that the work will get done.  One can picture the image how corrupt can corrupt people can be.

Off lately, I have been reading about the various scams that have been reported in the media.  Be it the 2G spectrum scandal, CWG scam or the latest Adarsh society ghotala.  The media is doing its job of bringing the truth out in the open but the question largely remains is do you think all the necessary steps would be taken to punish who are guilty?

The answer is a straight “NO”.  Except for the small fishes who would be made to bear the brunt of these scams, the bigger fish would go scot free and probably none would question their role in the future as the Indian public suffers from short term memory and the media which is hell bent on bringing the truth would stop reporting about it after a certain time has passed as it no longer makes the news it used to…

Corruption is not a new phenomenon in our society and even we as the people have accepted it as a way of life as long as it gets our work done.  For e.g., the diwali baksish that is given to the postman, telephone guy, etc. are a sign that even though we know its wrong for them to ask money for us but still most of us give it so that the services they provide does not gets hampered.

People don’t join politics with the intention of serving the nation in the heart instead they are busy filling their coffers when they are in power.  Look at the past of the politicians and one could see a rag to riches story which might seem phenomenal but there is more than what meets the eye.  Take the instance of the former Jharkhand chief minister Madu Koda who was a mine worker who ended up amassing a wealth worth over crores.  Then there are the Reddy brothers, sons of a police constable who went on to become mining barons and play key decision makers in the ruling government of the Karnataka state.

Its one thing to bring out the scams/corruption out in the open and other to see that the culprits pay for their crime.  The Indian judicial system takes such a long time to book the culprits that when the verdict finally comes it comes too late, too little.  No wonder this only encourages the corrupt people who know how to make use of the loopholes in the system.

Unless there is transparency in the system and the RTI Act is empowered more to bring out information on in the public domain, corruption would never come to an end.

Justice Delayed; Justice Denied

Posted in India, Indian Judiciary by Tall Guy on July 3, 2010

The verdict of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy fits the above quote perfectly with its “mockery of justice”.  It has been a long wait of 26 years for the leaking gas victims and in the end the 8 accused gets away with lighter punishments of a maximum imprisonment of 2 years and a fine of a meager sum of 5 lakhs.  The fact that they were able to secure bail (Rs 25,000 bail amount) within a few hours of the verdict rubs the salt on the wounds of the victims.  Yet the victims’ hopes for justice, the bigger fish to be caught responsible for such a disaster so that there could be a closure for them of the dark night that took away their near and dear ones and left some impaired for the rest of their lives.

This is the tragedy of the Indian judicial system where seeking justice sometimes results in fighting court battles for years and when the verdict was out it was too little too late.  The Indian courts are full of back logged cases and even a simple open and shut case takes years to give out a verdict.  All one keep getting is a date for the next hearing.

If one looks at the Ruchika’s case, it should not have taken almost 20 long years before justice could be delivered.  In that 20 years of long struggle the victim Ruchika gave up her life, her brother had cases registered against him and ended up tortured in the hands of the protectors of the law.  The family shifted to another place to get away from the harassment.  The irony is that no body gave it a thought why a molestation case was taking so long to deliver the verdict?    The verdict finally nailed the accused but the victim who went through an agonizing pain was not there to see it. The pain, torture & the long wait the family went through in their fight for justice cannot be compensated.  Their fight is still on as they seek to nail the accused for the abetment of suicide of the victim.

This was one of the cases that could have be lost in the number of the court cases that goes on if not for the media which brought it to the attention to the public which I believe helped changed the fate of this case.  Who knows how many such cases are their which is still trying to seek justice?

If one looks at the statistics according to the Aug 09 data, there is said to be 52,000 cases pending in Supreme Court, 40 lac in High Court and 2.7 crore in Trial courts.  As each day passes new cases are filed adding additional burden to the backlog.  Consider this with the number of judges recruited; falling short of the allocated numbers.  It only get worse for the under trials who end up spending their time in jails even before their trial begins.  Steps have been taken recently in this direction and over 92000 under trial prisoners were released across India.

The sheer number of backlog cases still does not deter the courts to take their regular vacations (which varies from 48 to 63 days).  Apart from that they can take 14 days casual leave and also get day off on public holidays and on the weekends when the courts are closed.  A high court judge is suppose to work for 210 days a year but if one does the math the numbers comes lower than that.  The same also hold true for the Supreme Court which also undertakes vacations.  Such provision for vacations does not exist in countries like US and France.  How can one expect of  speedy disposal of cases with so many issues dodging the legal system?  No wonder the process of delivering verdict within an acceptable time frame does not happens often.

There have been talks of legal reforms in order to provide verdict within an acceptable time frame but not much headway has been made in this regard.  How does one expects a common man to fight for justice when cases gets dragged on for years and ends up eating their  only savings which was kept for children’s education, marriage, retirement thereby making it a burden?  Seeking justice has become an expensive affair and some of the people have to depend on lawyers who are willing to work for a lesser fee.

 Take the example of Anil Gidwani’s case who had a complaint filed against him by a traffic police for parking his car in a no-parking zone.  The trial of the case went on for three years and was finally disposed off when he raised the issue in the High Court.  This only goes on to gives us a picture how the judicial system badly needs reforms for a speedy trial and quick disposal of cases.

Unless legal reforms are brought into action, the backlog of cases will continue and no matter what the verdict is;  it will stand out as justice delayed…