Today again discussing on an IndiSpire prompt. Question is whether law is lenient towards the rich and powerful.
We have seen examples in society and as reflected in fiction, films etc. When somebody goes for a pilgrimage, taking trouble of walking a lot or travelling a lot, and then submit his or her devotion, respect and humble offerings before the lord, or the deity there, somebody knowing that the fellow is going there, by taking a lot of trouble, gives him something, money or some sweets etc. to submit there, as offerings from his or her side. So the fellow knows that the lord can be pleased by sending some presents, or offerings!
In movies or stories we see and read, and it is still evident in some far off places, that the police officer or some government official posted there, first visits the local big landlord or may be gang leader, in civil attire, for reporting. If they miss that, such a person invites them as a guest and tells how much important position he holds there.
So, I think it has always been understood that the rich and powerful are beyond the reach of law. They can hire the best lawyers and not only remain away from jail but continue to hold respectable position. Until now we had not seen such people getting punished or put in jail.
I can say that it is only recently that there has been a little ray of hope and we find that Mr. Lalu Yadav is behind bars, it happened after a long time, but it has happened anyway. There are several such other people, some known gangsters who have faced the music and several others are in the process, may be Robert Vadra, Chidambaram etc. and the political family considered to be the strongest in India, are out on bail, many such people are just delaying justice.
Today we find that there is fear in the eyes of the offenders, criminals etc. There are so many legal proceedings for which the political bosses did not grant permission and for several cases facts were not properly presented in the courts which helped the political criminals, like Lalu Yadav roam free for long, I feel that the atmosphere today is much more better and I feel with the awakened and aware common people, this disparity before law would become less and lesser with time.
In far off villages the things might take more time but in modern cities, the police officials also behave in more civilized way, since they feel that any person might be in a position to approach some high official or politician for seeking justice.
So I feel that there has been and still is disparity in delivery of justice and yes it still takes a lot of time but with time things are improving and have to improve, with the wider reach of people and media, and the general awareness continuously increasing. We must hope for the best to happen in coming times.
It is my humble submission on the #IndiSpire prompt – Why is Law lenient on the rich and powerful in India? A rich and powerful person often gets away with even the gravest of crimes while a common man has to run from pillar to post for getting justice. Are the scales of justice lopsided? #SwamiChinmayanandGetsBail
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