Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Indian Law: Still Alive?

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I started writing this with extreme anguish and rage after reading today's newspaper. Seriously, I have a question striking out in me for a long time that, is Indian law still alive or completely vanished? Else is it only alive for money holders. I guess our law is inversely proportional to the amount of money and power we have in this society and not based on the truth. As our money and power grows, the punishment comes down irrespective of the crime or injustice.

I am speaking about the death of Aruna Shanbaug.

Aruna Shanbaug was a staff nurse at the King Edward Memorial Hospital where she was brutally attacked by the sweeper Sohanlal Bharta Valmiki on the evening of November 27,1973 when she was changing her dress. To immobilize her, he wrapped a dog chain around Shanbaug’s neck and yanked her back with it because of which she was in a vegetative state for more than 4 decades. Exactly for 42 years, she was in this state whereas the guy Valmiki was living happily after going through a punishment of only 7 years imprisonment. 

She was devoid of her family members who didn't even visit her when she was in hospital. KEM hospital nurses and doctors took care of shanbaug. Pinki Virani, Indian writer and journalist, applied for a petition seeking mercy killing for shanbaug after seeing her trouble in hospital for a long time. But, supreme court rejected the same and also,  The hospital’s management and nursing staff had opposed the petition.

Her rapist Valmiki served a seven-year sentence in prison after being convicted of robbery and attempted murder. At the time of the assault, she was engaged to Sundeep Sardesai, a resident doctor in the same Hospital. Sardesai waited for her to regain for four years but later married and settled abroad. 

Coming to the topic, her soul would have rest in peace at least if the guy valmiki has been punished appropriately for his action. Still virani suspects that he is working in a hospital in delhi. So, our law is that much reasonable and helpful for the criminals but not to the victim. Where is our justice? is it completely buried? If we see any such incident at TV or in serials, we will be feeling pathetic for them. But, if it happens really, even the family members wont be there to support. How cruel is our society? how shame on us? who will answer for the trouble she faced for 42 years? 

Like all the other cases, we will forget about this too after some time or days and get into our work. We are yet to receive the date of death sentence for the rapist in Nirbaya case. so, the cases will be growing. But, the punishment of the rapist or criminal will be decided based on their age, money power etc etc. and he will be roaming around happily without even feeling for it. So, this never ending process goes on.. 


  1. Nice post Hema:)
    Our law and justice has gone sick, that they have forgotten the human values. God has to punish them.
    May her soul RIP...

  2. We are unlucky creatures to be born as women in India

    Village Girl