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Friday, February 24, 2006

The Black Tuesday -- The Jessica Lall Verdict

Its time to introspect ourselves. We have all failed as human beings. We might blame that the legal system is flawed. The accused were rich. And as in movies, the rich get away scot free. Its tough to believe that a young woman who was shot dead in front of 400 people in one of "Page 3" restaurants could not find justice. Mind you - 400 people.All rich,educated and supposedly rational people. Its not the damn system that is flawed , it is us.

Suhel Seth writes an scathing opinion piece in the express titled" The cowards we worship" . HT readers want a "rang de Basanti" style justice, Rediff readers call it " law is the mistress of the rich". But none of us can answer the tears of Jessica Lall's father because we have all failed ourselves.

P.S : Jessica Lall, a model, was shot dead seven years ago in a restaurant owned by a prominent socialite for refusing to serve alchohol at a restaurant ( It was after drinking hours) . Everyone thought it was a open and shut case. But last Tuesday the Court acquitted all the accused for lack of evidence.


  • This is not a flaw of the Indian legal system. If evidences and witnesses have been negative, then no judge can punish the culprit. Even the sister of the girl herself know by 2002 itself that the case is lost, only the official verdict came today. Even if we are caught in a red light irrespective of we are rich or poor, we try to get away with the influence. So it is the basic attitude only which is not going to change.

    Mera Bharat Mahan..Uske Logon aur Mahan.as simple as that.

    By Blogger gormandizer, at 12:24 AM  

  • Shame on all these Page 3 people, who feel life is all about having a lavish lifestyle...These people could cry for broken illegeal building, do havan pooja for JUSTICE!!!! Did all these people spent a minute crying for broken souls of Jessica's family or for that matter did they even went to her family for to do havan pooja for Justice in her case....


    But this should not be the end, we all should work towards better tommorow...V can not be defeated like this..

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:03 PM  

  • Hey its why should only P3P's should feel ashamed its every ones fault, me , you, them, every1. Ya the system is kind OK but its implementation is not at all. Its not about crying but to DO something NOW. I dont advocate RDB style justice but i dont disaproove of it either.

    Us [the common educated people] never stand up for even petty thing such as when a taxi driver refuses to take u on meter [and even if we would nothing happend] so why make a hue n cry on a murder by a rich brat.

    Lets start standing up for petty things then only we can change the system.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:21 PM  

  • Its high time we did something to correct the flaws in the legal system.Join in the fight to get a retrial http://yuppieland.blogspot.com/2006/02/jessica-lall-blind-justice.html

    By Blogger Srikant, at 4:00 PM  

  • The judicial system goes by evidence and the basic juristic principle is not to punish an innocent, even if it means the culprit escapes punishment. What the judge failed to emphasise is to throw the case on the police/prosecution as he himself was not convinced and the judgement has plenty of pointers to it. He did comment on poor police theories and he is also a prisoner of jurisprudence. The best part are the fall outs post the judgement - 1) The judge got elevated to the high court, within a few days 2) The Jt Commr of Police when the crime was committed immediately coming out openly in public of imporper police investigation 3) The shunting of the investigating officer to an inferior posting and top all of that 4) the shunted officer ultimately blaming all his seniors for pressurising him to do all suppressive factors so that the accused fo scot free. The justice still prevails, and let us not lose hope ( a la RDB)as the Delhi High court took upon itself to reopen the case for a retrial.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:28 PM  

  • All - I am very interested on how the case goes forward.Let us hope justice prevails.

    By Blogger Cogito, at 10:44 PM  

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