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Protest Lodged with PM, CJI on Increasing Crime Against Women!

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Enough is Enough !

This is precisely what the whole nation said in past 10 days since the unfortunate horrific incidence of brutal rape in New Delhi. Rightly nation erupted in protest and anger which was displayed on the streets of every city across India.

In such a time of sadness and anguish, how can we at Praja remain silent. Keeping the traditions of Praja, it's RAAG (Research, Analysis and Advocacy Group) has lodged its condemnation of the incident and protests on the increasing rate of crime against women. Protest has been lodged with Prime Minister, Shri. Dr. Manmohan Singh and Chief Justice of India Shri. Altamas Kabir. Keeping the Praja traditions, while lodging the protest, a detailed road map is suggested to kick start the reforms in Judiciary and police departments.

Here are the contents of the protest letter sent to Chief Justice of India.

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To,                                                                                                                                                          Date:  Dec 26, 2012

Hon’ble Mr. Justice Altamas Kabir

Chief Justice - Supreme Court of India,
Tilak Marg, New Delhi-110 001 (India)

Sub: Petition for urgent reforms in judicial and police systems in India

Your highness,

I, Khader Basha Syed, Co-Founder, Praja-RAAG (Research, Analysis and Advocacy Group), Bangalore, hereby would like to submit the following for your consideration:

At the outset, on behalf of 8000 strong community that Praja.in (Online Citizen’s group) represents, condemns the recent horrific incident of brutal rape case of Delhi in strongest possible terms. No amounts of words are enough to condemn this barbaric act and behavior. This incidence puts everybody to shame and this is a blot on Indian Culture of high moral values of at most respect to our women and elders. Through you, I would like to urge the lower judiciary who are seized of this matter to treat this case with at most urgency and see that justice is delivered in timely manner. During the delivery of justice to the victim and the family, let there not be any room for them to feel helpless and loss of faith in the law & order system as seen in many other cases.

These incidents are wake up call to all of us to take note of the degradation that has crept into our daily lives. The manifestation is visible in the casual manner that we attach to such incidences. You will agree that this is neither the first time such incidence has taken plane nor going to be the last one. But sheer increase in such incidences makes one agitate and shakes one’s souls. After this incident, as every Indian is outraged, I am also forced to be outraged and I am questioning my soul with these words, isn’t this enough? Do we need more such cases to happen before we really wake up and say enough? Sir, I would say this is beyond my toleration and this behavior should stop forthright.

According to National Crime Records Bureau (under Union Ministry of Home Affairs), in 2011 alone, around 24,206 (Twenty four thousand two Hundred and six) cases were reported compared to 2487 cases in 1953. That is a jump of 873 %. What alarms is, out of 24,206 cases, only 26% saw the success in conviction. That means 17,914 offenders were either let off or didn’t get the punishment that they deserve. If these figures don’t shake our souls and minds, nothing else will.

Source – NCRB, 2011 Report - http://ncrb.nic.in/CD-CII2011/cii-2011/figure%20at%20a%20glance.pdf

In dealing with these crimes, though our country has the laws to deal with, but you and I know the truth about justice dispensed in vast majority of the cases. We come across failure and more failures in each and every step of this journey  of seeking justice. From filing FIRs, investigation, trials in courts to speed at which justice is rendered has failed the victims and thus as a society, we have failed to deliver the justice to the victims. In vast majority of the cases, the offenders walk free and those who are convicted are given the notional punishment. Resulting in more rapes, more victims. Vast majority of these victims are poor, who have no one to look for in the journey of seeking justice.

People like me have stopped reposing faith in the executive branch. We have little faith in either the governments of the day or the law & order system of the country to stop such heinous crimes. In such a scenario where the executive and legislative wings have failed, I have no other option but to look to you and your office for some solace and a ray hope.It is the Supreme Court and Court officers like you who have come to the rescue of ordinary and poor souls like me. It is with this faith that I am writing this letter to apprise you about my anguish, hurt and pain of failure to protect our daughters and sisters on the streets of India, be it in Delhi, Bangalore or in the remote village of Tirupura. Through this letter I would like to request your urgent intervention and immediate attention to stem the fall in our rule of law system. I humbly request your kind attention and action to speed up the process of judicial reforms to dispense of lakhs and lakhs of cases that are pending in courts all across India. This huge pendency is hindrance to the justice delivery system in time bound manner. Let us use this horrific incidence as a divine wakeup call and correct the wrongs that have crept in our law & order machinery, starting with reforms in judicial system and police department across India.

Through your highness I request for consideration of the below proposals.

In near term, immediately,

  1. Issue an order to all Chief Justice of High Courts to constitute special courts to try the cases of crime, violence against women filed since January 2010 till December 2012.
  2. Issue an order to all Chief Justice of High Courts to ensure that above cases are heard and dispensed off before the end of the year 2013.
  3. Instruct and order all the state governments to help the respective high courts in their state to have the necessary facilities and logistics to try the cases on daily basis.
  4. Let there be a no room for repeated adjournments of the cases as seen normally in courts.
  5. Instruct the Union Government to help states with necessary funds and logistics to try the cases on daily basis.

In parallel,

  1. Institute a committee to oversee the judicial reform process including capacity building of Indian Judicial system.
  2. Issue a time line of 3 to 5 years to complete the process of judicial reforms including judicial capacity enhancements all across India.
  3. Issue an order to Union Government to work with state governments to build enough courts and judicial infrastructure to dispense of the lakhs of pending cases in time bound manner.
  4. Issue an order to all states to see that work on capacity enhancement is started forthright without any delay.
  5. Issue an order to Union government and all the state governments to complete the Police reforms in respective states within 3 years, failing which, state be put on notice of getting dismissed and president rule is imposed.

I do hope that your lordship will agree with my proposal and the sentiments that are expressed here. I do hope that your lordship will give an urgent consideration to the request that is made through this letter. I do hope that, your lordship, through the office of Supreme Court, will take up this matter at the highest authorities and the necessary action is taken to upheld the faith that ordinary citizen’s like me repose in the highest court of law.

 

Thanking you and I remain,

Sincerely yours,

Khader Basha Syed

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Vasanth's picture

People cannot join together and protest - Political parties can

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Sad demise of the 23 yr old Girl who fought courageously for her life with an almost impossible situation, led to protests all over country.

Political parties can call bundh all over country, can do Rasta Rokho etc for their selfish wishes since they have Goondas, not a common man who protests against a good cause. People are not allowed to gather together even, Government will pass unnecessary laws, but not against criminal rapists.

Want to quote Anna Hazare's Post on FB : "You can GANGRAPE but you cannot PROTEST against RAPE"

 

Based on the incidence of the death of Savitha Havanur in Ireland, Government of Ireland amended its laws which was based on Indian Government's request. But cannot execute laws quickly on the criminals.

kbsyed61's picture

Real Tribute - No rape or crimes committed!

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Vasanth and all,

May the soul of 23 year old rest in piece. On behalf of Praja,Our heart goes out to the family and friends and I pray to god to give them the strength to bear this loss.

The real tribute for this brave 23 year old 'Daughter in India' will be when we ensure that not a single rape or crime gets committed in homes and in our streets/roads. If not all our anger, emotional outbursts doesn't mean anything.

We, each one of us can help achieve this. Stand up for the victim - Be at bus stop, in offices and on roads. Don't wait for government, then it will be too late like this girl, who in spite of aspiration to move on in life, dies of injuries.

Vasanth's picture

Police treat rape a Petty Case-18 yr rape victim commit suicide

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Police treat rape as a petty case. 18 year old commits suicide -

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/301323/patiala-gang-rape-victim-commits.html

We had campaign as India against corruption, now it is India against rape.

Why crime rates are increasing is because of Police's negligence and laziness. They treat most of the cases as petty case and do not take any action.

This is my own story. In 2011 November, I had a fractured leg and was limping to walk. While coming back from office after getting down the office shuttle, three drunken drivers on a scooter wanted to take fun out of my limping. I had crossed half of the road and they came on wrong side and wanted to run over my fractured leg. For self protection, I tapped on one guy's head. They stopped the scooter and started slapping me all three together. I had to fight with them for self protection. None of the vehicles passing by stopped. After sometime around 15 people flocked around and asked me to go away and not to take up with such people instead of supporting me or calling a cop to help me. I noted down the scooter number and lodged a complaint. FIR was taken . I didn't hearback  from Police even after 1 year. My mother doesn't want this case to be escalated, and enter into problems. I posted on Praja about this incidence, but few responses. Infra posts gets more comments than crime :)

These type of miscreants can do anything. Whenever such small incidents happen, immediately their screws needs to be tightened up. Police on the other hand in India are lazy and 'expect' something or you should have 'influence' to get the things done from their side.

kbsyed61's picture

CJI has asked all state HCs to establish Fast Track courts!

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Source - NDTV

"...After the national outpouring of sorrow and anger over the gang-rape and death of a young medical student in Delhi, the Chief Justice of India has written to all high courts, asking for fast-track courts to be established to expedite the cases of crimes against women.

The Chief Justice of India, Altamas Kabir, has asked high courts of all states to coordinate with state governments for the infrastructure needed to commission these special courts..."

Read the entire letter here.

ramesh_mbabu's picture

yeah, because the existing courts are busy with cases of money

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bags!!!

The judiciary is one wing of the whole failed system which escaped the scathing attack/anger of the public during this time. Drag the cases for years and punish the culprits less claiming the years lost. The victims and their families do not have human rights that the culprits enjoy. There should be an accountability audit in Police as well as judiciary.

Ramesh.

kbsyed61's picture

The onus is on us now!

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Agree, for fear of antagonizing the Judiciary, even when it is equally responsible for abysmal state of Law and order in the country, we have left the Judiciary from apportioning any blame.

Now that CJI has directed state high courts to deal the crime cases against women on fast track basis, now it is our responsibility to ensure that this order of CJI is complied with and a action plan is put in place. In coming days, months, we must question the CJI, HCs and State Govts to know the status on that order and action plan. If nothing else write to these functionaries and ask for follow up action in response to that letter.

Surely, IA, come April, I will file RTI's to know the status of this letter from CJI. This could be a lone voice, but if 10 more such efforts are made, people at these posts would certainly take note and we could hope for some results.

The onus is really on us, whether we would like to see that at least now the befitting response is forthcoming or just let our protests, angst, etc wither away in mundane daily routines.

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