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Kolkata (West Bengal)[India], Aug 26 (ANI): A triple talaq petitioner, Ishrat Jahan has been facing social boycott
Kolkata, Aug 25 (PTI) Ishrat Jahan, one of the five petitioners in the triple talaq case, today wrote to the West Bengal c
By : Onkareshwar Pandey
New Delhi [India], Aug. 22 (ANI): The landmark triple talaq verdict has given
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Ahmedabad, Aug 17 (PTI) Senior Gujarat police officers N K Amin and Tarun Barot, accu
Ahmedabad, Jul 13 (PTI) A special court in Ahmedabad today ordered the CBI to place before it all documents related to the
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Ahmedabad, Apr 4 (PTI) Senior IPS officer Geetha Johri was appointed Gujara
Ahmedabad, Apr 4 (PTI) Senior IPS officer Geetha Johri was today appointed as the new Gujarat DGP following the resignatio
New Delhi, Apr 3 (PTI) Gujarat government was today allowed by the Supreme Court to accept the offer of P P Pandey, a 1980
Ahmedabad, Mar 29 (PTI) The Gujarat High Court today dismissed a plea against post-retirement contractual appointments of
Ahmedabad, Feb 28 (PTI) The CBI today opposed the application of Gujarat's in-charge Director General of Police P P Pandey
Vir Sanghvi in his latest counterpoint:
There is something annoying and frustrating about the way in which the Congress and the BJP are playing politics with the encounter that resulted in the death of 19-year-old Ishrat Jahan and two of her companions in Gujarat
...Ideally, we should have the guts to look our encounter policy in the eye and to confront the issues head-on so that everybody – policemen, terrorists, lawyers and media – knows exactly where we stand.
But of course, we do no such thing. We lose ourselves in hypocrisy and doublespeak.
And when the politicians get involved, they only make matters worse by trivializing the issues so that they can win votes.
I think his point one and two are unexceptionable and everyone would agree with them. And of course, it is helpful that he is being provocative, so that the problem can be thought through. It's from his point three onwards that things start getting grey. Most thinking people, to my mind would not approve of just bumping off people on the mere charge of being terrorists -- and even if they do, there is a problem with that point of view, as his point four brings out.
People may find it easy to be in denial when they "know" that the people concerned are terrorists -- and that is where VS's own caveat to point one -- and the headline Can we allow a policeman to be prosecutor, judge and executioner? addresses the dilemma quite well.
The real need is for police and legal reforms so that the genuine concerns against actual terrorists not being able to be brought to justice can be addressed.
It should be obvious, but perhaps it is a sign of the times that Mukul Kesavan has to point out that the moral of Ishrat’s tragic story has little to do with her antecedents and everything to do with the impunity with which governments in India kill their own citizens in the name of summary ‘justice’:
Unless we learn to monitor and protest the impunity with which the State and the police resort to extra-judicial murder and custodial killing, outrage at specific instances of these becomes ineffective, even counter-productive. So if you rage and grieve when a middle-class Muslim girl who could have been your daughter is killed but ignore the recent and mysterious death of a murderous hoodlum called R. Rajan in police custody in Chennai, you aren’t protesting the violation of due process or taking a stand against extra-judicial murder: you are merely riding a private hobby horse: the welfare of minorities or the wickedness of the Gujarat government...
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