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SurferSpeak: 'Go the RDB way for justice'

The Jessica Lall case verdict has left the surfers shocked and enraged.

india Updated: Mar 01, 2006 18:28 IST

The verdict in the Jessica Lall murder case has left a profound effect on our surfers.

This travesty of justice has shocked one and all. The ease with which the judiciary has been allegedly manipulated by a handful of powerful people has enraged all.

They rebuke us, Indians, for being spineless and for not demanding justice. They laugh at India's tall claims of wanting to be viewed as a power to reckon with in the world when an educated middle class family has had to bite the dust at the behest of corrupt politicos.

They are horrified that protracted judicial process that allows criminals to buy time and witnesses. They hiss angrily at how rich and powerful get away while the poor is left to lick their wounds.

Delhi's LC Kapur was his cynical best when he said how ashamed he felt on reading this news. Here's how he put it.

"The judgment makes a mockery of the judicial system which has been manipulated to safeguard the interests of the rich and mighty. There is no hope for ordinary citizens to get justice in the largest democracy in the world."

Prashant from Delhi angrily probed about judicial processes being followed in India. "Are eyewitnesses the only way to prove an offence? What about circumstantial evidence?" he asked.

Irritated he questioned further. "The courts are simply blind. What do they expect, the wall, the chairs, the tables, the liquor bottle will be witnesses for her?"

Almost all held the law enforcing agencies equally responsible for the mess.

"In such an event who should be punished? The investigating agencies for sure. What is the police for - to save the high and mighty?" he asked.

Parminder Dhillon from Ludhiana had another point to highlight. He felt this politician-police-money nexus was responsible for brain drain. If talented Indians were leaving the country it was largely because they could not fit into this 'system'.

"In India the rich and powerful people always get away. It has been seen not only in this case but through our history since Independence. The common man has neither any dignity nor security. Politicians and officials sit in important positions and use the law as per their liking and openly induce corruption in every sphere of life.

All government officials, starting from junior-most to the senior-most are busy making money far exceeding their legitimate income and still the government does nothing. As a result, the brightest among us are leaving the shores resulting in brain drain. Soon we will find that most scholars and students will leave this country."

Very well said, Parminder!

Chetan Desai from Dubai said the rich and powerful people always make a joke of our laws and constitution. But he felt we mustn't give up against such forces.

IDG from New Delhi felt the police was equally to blame. Here's how he saw it.

"If witnesses can't be tracked or those that come forward can't be protected from abuse in the capital of India, what hope is there for the rest of the country? Delhi Police in particular might as well be disbanded since their message is very clear - if your path happens to cross that of a murderer,don't bother calling us. You are on your own."

SK Sanyal from New Delhi felt Indians were the most spineless individuals in the world. A murder is committed, witnesses turn hostile and we sit and accept it.

"Our society tolerates laws and judicial procedure that allow a case to go on for so long thereby helping the rich and the powerful to wear out the prosecution, and in course of time, to get acquitted. Society should also question its values - we lack courage as individuals and can be easily intimidated or corrupted. Even without intimidation or threat, the sheer length of a case acts as a deterrent to a prospective witness," he said.

A drastic overhaul of criminal law and judicial procedure was necessary to make sure that lawyers were not able to drag a case and thereby help criminals escape punishment, he thought.

Singapore's Tarak thought the entire system needed overhauling.

"Manu Sharma and Vikas Yadav are not the only murderers. The investigating police officer, forensic lab officer, lawyer/judge -- all are more dangerous than the murderers themselves."

Ashok Dhar from Chicago was aghast how law got bent time and again and Indians remained mute spectators.

"Shameful! Jessica was shot dead by Manu Sharma, in a packed restaurant, for a trivial reason and yet he walks away as a free man as did the killer of Priyadarshani Mattoo, son of an IPS officer. Yet we prosecute and put away for life or even take away life of ordinary Indian without money or powerful links for crimes far lesser than the ones committed by these powerful sons of powerful men," he hissed disgusted.

Harmeet reacting from Abquaiq, Saudi Arabia wondered how the judiciary turned a blind eye to circumstantial evidence.

"Strong circumstantial evidence is a valid presentation. Why did the police not do a simple test on Manu Sharma's hand to check for gunpowder residue, a common test done by any competent authority?" he questioned.

He was his sardonic best on how India aspired to be counted among the best in the world.

"India can be on the forefront of the world only when it shows a conscience and a respect for human lives, be it individual murder or communal violence. Shame on the people who murder and the justice system which seems so vulnerable to wealth and politics."

Suhas Dighe from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia found nothing new here. He cited how Sanjay Dutt, Salman Khan, Nawab of Pataudi, late HKL Bhagat, late Narsimha Rao and those involved in the infamous hit-and-run BMW case in Delhi, all went scot-free.

He mentioned about a fellow air force officer who had toundergo a jail sentence because witnesses turned hostile. Here's what he said.

"One of our colleagues, an ex-pilot from the Indian Air Force is in jail on a manslaughter charge for the last 3 years. All our attempts to secure a bail have gone futile. Reason? Witnesses turned hostile. They get paid and the truth never comes out."

There were many who felt the way to justice was to go the Rang de Basanti way!

Take law into your own hands and kill the murderers. Manish from Delhi and Sanjay from Brisbane stoutly endorsed this line of thinking.

Radical true but worth a thought!

First Published: Mar 01, 2006 18:28 IST