Is this the right path to serving justice for the victim(s) — Time to think ????
Humans-Equality-Justice — Served?
I woke up around 7:30 pm (CST) when a friend of mine brought me some soup, so that I could recoup from my never ending migraine problems I've been going through for the past 4–5 days. I finished half of the soup from the bowl and then opened my Facebook to check the news — since I wanted to keep up with the news around the globe.
The reason for this article is a news headline from my home country-India.
A Bollywood actor “Salman Khan” was sentenced to 5 years of imprisonment after careful evaluation of the case for the past 13 years. He was accused in 2002 in a hit-and-run case, where he killed a homeless person (Narullah Sharif) and injured 4 others while driving under the influence of alcohol. I also noticed how people have been slamming twitter over how justice was served and also how the supporters of Mr. Khan want the actor to be forgiven. Well, I am glad that the government has taken a position to serve justice. I asked myself — Do I really mean it? I realized that I actually felt sorry for him and for the family of the person who was killed due to the actor’s negligence or entertainment factors. So is justice served only when it involves celebrities? Why? Because the media would notice and publish in the news? Is it a curse to be a celebrity? Or is justice always served — no matter who you are? Are you sure? Are we providing justice with respect to the rules established with the government or to the victim(s) family on humanitarian grounds? What does the family who lost a loved one need, so as to provide justice? What is their opinion? These are some of the questions which I’m sure most of you have thought about OR some of us may think — since it has nothing to do with us, so it doesn't matter whether justice is or is not served? If you are of one those who has multiple questions in your brain, just like mine ☺ you should continue reading and let me know your thoughts!
I started browsing for articles related to this case and similar other cases which may have occurred in the past. I got hold of an article which stated that Raaj Kumar’s (another Bollywood actor) son — Puru Raajkumar was involved in a similar case in 1993. I was a kid at that time and have no recollection of whatsoever or who this person is and how he looked like. Anyway, the article states — “Puru, in drunken state, was the first Bollywood actor who rammed his car over the people sleeping on the pavement in Mumbai, killing two, injuring two and crippling one. Khan, similarly, in a drunken state rammed his SUV on the pavement of Bakery in Bandra, killing one person and injuring four others. Interestingly, Puru got away by paying just a small amount of Rs. 1 Lakh. Moreover, neither was he jailed nor he is facing any homicide charges. Apparently, he wasn't even trialled for crushing sleeping people. Salman on the other hand, got a rigorous imprisonment of 5 years on the charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder. The failed actor wasn't even taken for medical examination. Moreover, he also fled from the scene”. Reference: indiatvnews.com
Based on the above reference and comparison to Mr. Khan’s case — Salman Khan was convicted while Puru Raajkumar wasn't, though they are comparable cases; therefore I feel sorry for Mr. Khan. I feel sorry for the fact that there are many people out there who escaped the law, while he was convicted due to his fame. Also I don’t see a point in convicting Mr. Khan, when it really did not help Mr. Sharif’s family or the other four injured victims in any way (per what I read online). The affected families were given a certain amount of compensation, which was either used up for medical treatments or most part of it was paid to the victim’s lawyer.
The real justice is served when the victim(s) or their families are satisfied with the verdict; which may vary depending on each circumstance. Did someone consider community service hours or since Mr. Khan could afford it — may be provide jobs to the victims to earn their own living?
Is it time to reconsider how justice is being served and how the verdict is relatively helping the victims or their families, rather than sending the accused to the prison?
Back to Mr. Puru: Will Mr. Puru be convicted now? Can that happen? I do not know if the person is still alive. If he is and if everyone is equal in the eyes of law — please do convict him or provide justice to the victim’s family. Or was justice already provided to their families, which I am not aware of? Also please consider several other cases, which have been dismissed based on “mental instability” conditions — as they say.
Oh, that reminds me. Do we also have to consider — at what circumstances did a person kill another human? Is it OK for one person to kill another for justifiable reasons OR is it OK if you kill a person accidentally? Ridiculous but a human’s brain is capable of asking the weirdest questions.
I have a personal experience to relate to — a rather recent one when compared to the 1993 case. Though they are not similar cases, they are related in terms of whether justice was served or not. A good friend of mine who was about 3 years younger to me was killed in 2010. I did not have the courage to call her mom to offer my condolences and/or understand the facts, knowing the special bond me and her mother shared. So I spoke to few of our common friends from around the neighborhood to understand the realities. The girl was murdered using a baseball bat by her senior, who admitted to the murder before he fled away; he was eventually arrested by the police. I called her mom approximately after 10 months of the incident. The guy’s parents proved that he was in a state of “mental instability” and the guy was not convicted. REALLY? Didn't he admit to the crime? I want justice too, on behalf of my friend’s family. Can the guy be punished? Do you know how the parents and her little brother feel about your act? And you are out there somewhere with/without any remorse? The guy — if this article reaches you any day, please apologize to the girl’s parents. They deserve an apology for what you have done and that’s the least you can do. Please consider it as a request.
The pain in the eyes and words of the family who lost a loved one cannot be explained. If a person cannot control himself/herself from intentional manslaughter, you do not deserve to be living at liberty in this society. Moreover, the person is a risk factor.
Please reconsider how a verdict is helping the victims and let me know your thoughts!! It would be a priviledge to learn/understand things/ideas/beliefs which I may not have thought about!
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