This was one case that was so crystal clear when it hit the news years back and for once I felt that ya….a politician’s son will be behind bars. Rich politician’s son involved in a murder, in a big city, in a crowded elite social club where everyone knew each other, and numerous eyewitnesses were there to testify. A politician’s son with powerful backing, loads of money and what’s the judgment 7 years later?? He and his hands in glove pals were acquitted earlier this February because of lack of evidence. But weren’t there numerous eyewitnesses?? There were, but they all turned hostile and that’s the most devastating part of the proceedings.
Did money buy their silence thus making them hostile, or was it the fear of the rich and powerful that were out on bail?
While the rich and famous are out on bail immediately and then work on to eliminate any evidence against them so that they get off scot-free with no harm done
A women gets killed by a maniac man only because she refuses to serve him a drink???
But perhaps the intriguing aspect of this was the role of the society and media that came together as one and raised strong objection, objection to the injustice and disagreed with the judgment. The general public uproar, anger and mass outrage, candlelit vigils were enough that the Delhi High Court sought an explanation from the Delhi Police.
And now here is some bit of good news:
Sharma, who surrendered after his conviction on Monday, was present in the jam-packed courtroom when a Bench comprising Justice R S Sodhi and Justice P K Bhasin pronounced life imprisonment for him.
Her sister Sabrina’s reaction to this verdict who has struggled for seven long years:
“My father died waiting to hear this verdict,” said Jessica’s sister Sabrina Lall. “His soul will now be able to rest in peace.” Sabrina also thanked the media: “I thank you guys who started the campaign for justice for Jessica.”
‘Justice for Jessica’, as our readers will recall, was a TOI campaign. She also sought life sentence for Manu, not death. The outrage over Jessica also brought the spotlight on two other sensational murders – that of Priyadarshini Mattoo and Nitish Katara.
This woman’s story at least made news because she was a famous socialite and model Jessica Lal. What about those ordinary people who are victims of that domestic violence and abuse at its worst?
But this piece of good news has restored some faith in the Indian Judicial system. That is no one with power, fame, money or politicians’ son can get away scot free or escape the law.
The Indian people are watching and will not take any nonsense now.