Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “The moral arc of the universe bends at the elbow of justice”. Justice always accompanies dignity, humanity, morality and a lot of other virtues attached with it. Indeed! These beautiful theoretical words seem nice not only to general public but also the policy-makers. It may hold true for other nations but as far as our dear nation – India is concerned, one needs to pay a heavy price if they even cry of justice. Justice seems metaphor in a country where laws and legalities are bent for our own salacious benefits. What to say about the mere mortals when mysterious death of B. H. Loya, Special judge of the esteemed Central Bureau of Investigation instead of getting justice is being a puppet of the media and politics. How much heart-rending it is that the family member of the deceased are just trying to calm down and get away from all the mess?
Is it the day which has been left in our possession that we need to just be a meek spectator instead of getting justice by remaining just? It is sad for us that whenever there are such major controversies we raise a question at such things while there are other important reasons for the chaos. Could ever these be reasons for injustice?
Let us revisit some statistics about Indian judiciary:
- Huge number of pending cases (Almost 3.4 Crores Cases)
- Lack of adequate number of judges (More than 5000 posts are still vacant)
- Duration of time in reaching to the final verdict
- Inadequate allocation of funds (Allocation of just more than 1700 crores in 2017-18 Budget)
- Crumbling Infrastructure
- Small paycheque of judges
- Enough workload of judges (Have to study 60 cases on Monday & Friday)
Isn’t it the time for our policymakers to have a look at these simple fallacies which are making the justice unjust:
- Rampant Corruption
- Poor quality of law colleges
- Undue influence of power
- Defying the obvious on the name of witness’s statement
- Intrusion of politics in sensitive cases
- The over-sensitization of particular cases by media
- Unchecked authority of policemen
- Appeasement policy towards the minorities
If these shortcomings are addressed with proper conviction by adequate policy actions, not only justice would be just but also the common mass will not condemn it by saying that it is an object of upper class.