The Delhi High Court’s conviction of Manu Sharma in the Jessica Lall murder case is a reaffirmation of the efficacy of the judicial system. It is a triumph of people power given the manner in which ordinary citizens agitated for justice. There have been several cases in the past, when people have been let off the hook for lack of evidence. This verdict will make set the right precedent for future cases.
But I was surprised to see a photograph of Sabrina Lall celebrating the verdict with a bottle of champagne. If we condemn people like Manu Sharma, we should also condemn Sabrina’s behaviour. No one should celebrate the misfortune of others.
We must give credit to the Ramanis who have withstood all pressure and stuck to their guns. This is how justice has been done. This sends out the right signal and will encourage more people to come forward and speak up for justice.
Manu Sharma and his associates have been found guilty. This sets a new benchmark in judicial history. It is encouraging that the combined effort of the media, public opinion and judicial responsiveness has helped in delivering justice.
Now the stage is set for extending this to other cases, especially for people who do not have the resources to fight for justice.
Apropos of Harsh Mander’s Brutalised, but not broken (December 18), the tales of Hashimpura victims was wrenching. The Supreme Court’s action and intervention has restored the confidence of the people in our judicial system.
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