Friday, 1 January 2010

Prove it...Beyond reasonable doubt

Are you planning on a crime? Just make sure that you do it well enough and that you cannot be proved guilty and you will go scot free. If you have the power links, you can just enjoy your crime and you don’t even need to worry about not leaving a trail.


In Fair trials, I wrote about our guest of honor, Kasab, whose crime has not been proven and hence he continues to live on the nation’s tax payer’s money. It has been more than a year now and we could not punish the man. With this, we are probably inspiring another generation of Kasabs across the border who just need to use legal loopholes to escape their crime.

Bitti Mohanty. Does this name ring a bell? He is the son of an Orissa police officer who was convicted for rape of a German tourist, in Alwar, by a fast track court, which sentenced him for 7 years, in 9 days straight. 1105 days after that happened, the man is still out on the run and nobody could touch him. Sad...plain sad


Now come to the more famous case, Ruchika Girhotra’s. The 14 year old girl was molested by the ex-Haryana DGP, SPS Rathore and the system followed its course for 19 treacherous years and sentenced the culprit for 6 months. Funny. Preposterous. Sad.

Rathore came out smiling and mocking at the legal system, that he had just failed. He molested the young girl, and then subjected her brother to third degree torture which eventually caused the victim to commit suicide. He used his influence to get the girl expelled from her school.

The list of his crimes can go on but more importantly, they cannot be proved. Throwing the law books at the victim’s family, he has asked them to prove the following:


1) Prove that the molestation led to suicide

2) Prove that he inflicted the torture on the victim’s brother

3) Prove that he used his influence to get the victim expelled from school.


I wonder if the above points will ever be proved as required by the system in its current form and I wonder if the culprit will ever be punished. Though clouded by significant doubt, I hope that happens. Amen.