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WHY THE OUTCOME OF THE LYNCHING CASE MUST CONCERN US ALL
Injustice anywhere, is a threat to justice everywhere
14.09.19 - HARSH MANDER
Injustice anywhere, is a threat to justice everywhere



 
Freedom is indivisible. "The chains on any one of my people,” Nelson Mandela reminded us, "were the chains on all of them, the chains on all of my people were the chains on me.”

There are many things that trouble me about India today. One is our ever-mounting tolerance of the open and profound injustice done to "other people”. A boy stabbed to death on a train does not trouble me because he is Muslim; a young girl brutally gang-raped does not stir my outrage because she is Dalit; an entire people locked down for over a month deserve it because they do not accept India to be their country; and nearly two million people excluded as citizens in Assam do not trouble me because they are "infiltrators” (even if they were born in and love this nation).
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We forget Martin Luther King’s iridescent words from Birmingham jail, "Injustice anywhere,” he declared, "is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny”.
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India’s criminal justice system has always been biased against disadvantaged castes, women and Muslims. Few people who organised and participated in caste and communal massacres and rapes have ever been punished. But in recent years, this official bias has become more open, brazen and unapologetic. A Muslim charged with terror crimes can spend 14, even 23, years in jail, before he steps out, innocent. A Hindu charged with terror is likely to soon walk free, and might even be elected to Parliament. Criminal cases after the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots collapse wholesale with barely a whimper of protest. 
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This open bias of the criminal justice system is most visible in mob lynching. Lynch mobs, who in most cases record their own crimes triumphantly on mobile phone cameras, roam as heroes. The victim, even after he dies, is tainted as a criminal. The most recent example of this is the decision of the Jharkhand police to write down the crime of the lynch mob that attacked Tabrez Ansari from murder to culpable homicide.

Orphaned as a boy, raised by his uncles, as a young teenager, Ansari migrated to Pune to build his life on his own. At 22, now an accomplished welder, he returned home to find a bride. His uncles married him off to a very impoverished Shaista. Her father, an alcoholic, accepted Ansari because he sought no dowry. The two young people were to leave for Pune the morning after his lynching to start their new life; their train tickets were booked. But that was not to be. I feel a personal sense of grief and loss at his killing, especially following our visit of the Karwan e Mohabbat to his home.

Ansari was returning that night after seeking his aunt’s blessings. A mob caught him, tied him to a pole, thrashed him savagely for six hours, and forced him to recite "Jai Shri Ram”.

People phoned the police several times to rescue the boy, but they did not arrive until morning. They did not register a complaint against the lynch mob until after he died four days later. But they promptly registered criminal charges of robbery against Ansari. The police took him to a local health centre.

Although his skull was cracked, and bones broken, the doctors handed him back to the police after cursory first aid. Police detained him in their lock-up. His family pleaded that they be allowed to take him to a hospital, promising to return him to the police after he was better, but they refused. The family secretly took a picture of him in the lock-up. He was clearly wounded critically.
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Why is it possible for state authorities to act in this way, over and over again? Because the rest of us don’t care. This happened to a working-class Muslim orphan. How does it concern me?
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The police then presented him to a judge, who should have ordered his medical treatment. Instead, he sent Ansari to jail. The jail authorities should have insisted that he be sent to a competent hospital. They did not. The family saw him once through a screen in jail, as he moaned in agony, begging them to get him to a hospital. Four days after the lynching, Ansari died.

The grounds the police stated for watering down the charge of murder to culpable homicide was that it was "not a case of pre-meditated murder”; and that the second medical report concludes that Ansari died of cardiac arrest, not just a head injury. This ignores an earlier inquiry by senior officials of the Jharkhand government, which concluded that Ansari died due to the negligence of police officials and grave lapses by doctors.

There was no robbery in the village. The police charge-sheet tried to justify the mob crime by charging Ansari with the "intention” of stealing. They ignored evidence on video of this being a religious hate crime. Ansari’s uncle, who went to the lynching site in the morning, records in his statement that he heard a member of the mob shout, "Beat him so much that he dies”.

There was only one post-mortem. The second report stating that he died due to cardiac failure (signed by five doctors, none of who were trained in forensics), was based only on the first post-mortem report. The immediate cause of death after violence indeed could be heart-failure, but this opinion deliberately obscures the circumstances which led to organ failure. I spoke to J Amalorpavanathan, retired head of vascular surgery, Madras Medical College. He said the human skull bone is incredibly sturdy. Cracking it requires application of great force. "It is very clear”, he said, based on the post-mortem report, "that this young person, who was otherwise healthy and normal, was beaten so severely that he cracked his skull and bled inside his brain. This resulted in his death. In short, he was beaten to death.”

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What does this add up to? That a mob attacked an unarmed young man murderously in a religious hate crime. The police, judge, doctors and jail officials all abetted his murder with shameful, wilful neglect.

Why is it possible for state authorities to act in this way, over and over again? Because the rest of us don’t care. This happened to a working-class Muslim orphan. How does it concern me?

We forget Martin Luther King’s iridescent words from Birmingham jail, "Injustice anywhere,” he declared, "is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny”.

My destiny is tied to that of Tabrez and Shaista Ansari. Until they are assured justice, I will never be free.
 
 
*Harsh Mander is a human rights worker and writer.
Courtesy: IndianExpress
 
 

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IS IT FAIR TO BLAME SC COLLEGIUM?
The truth about transfer of Madras HC chief justice Tahilramani
14.09.19 - JUSTICE MARKANDEY KATJU
The truth about transfer of Madras HC chief justice Tahilramani



Since I had been chief justice of the Madras High Court (2004-2005), I have always been keenly concerned about the functioning of that court and keep myself informed of developments there.

Recently, I came to know that the chief justice of the Madras High Court, Vijaya K. Tahilramani, had resigned. In connection with this issue, an article appeared in an online publication that argued chief justice Tahilramani's resignation showed why the Supreme Court's Collegium system was a failed system.

While I myself have been critical of many Supreme Court Collegium decisions, I regret to say that the article in the online publication presented incorrect facts.

This morning, I had long conversations on the phone with some sitting judges of the Supreme Court and some well-known and reputed lawyers of the Madras High Court, who told me the correct facts.

The article in the online publication claimed chief justice Tahilramani was transferred to another High Court because she recommended the names of some lawyers of the Madras High Court for elevation as judges despite objections by the Supreme Court Collegium. I was told that this was incorrect. Some names had indeed been recommended by the Madras High Court Collegium, presided over by chief justice Tahilramani, for elevation as judges, but the SC Collegium found them undeserving.

The Supreme Court Collegium had not objected to those names before the Madras High Court Collegium made its recommendations, as the article insinuated; in fact, that is not how the system works. It is only after the High Court Collegium's recommendations are received that the Supreme Court Collegium comes into the picture, and it has often rejected names that it thought were undeserving.

The real reason for chief justice Tahilramani's transfer, as I was informed in my conversations, was that she was hardly working in the Madras High Court. She would sit only till about 12 or 12.30pm, but not in the post-lunch session. Following her example, many other justices of the Madras High Court would also not sit in the post-lunch session.

Even when chief justice Tahilramani would sit in court, she would at most pass interim orders and adjourn cases and hardly gave any final judgment.

While there are many outstanding justices in the Madras High Court, the behaviour of the chief justice—who is expected to lead from the front—was having an adverse effect on the working of the court.
 
Hence, chief justice Tahilramani was transferred to a High Court that had relatively little work.

The Madras High Court is a Chartered High Court and one of the premier High Courts in the country with a great reputation. It has a large number of cases pending, with tremendous pressure on justices to decide those cases. I know this from personal knowledge as I was chief justice there. If the chief justice is indolent and lackadaisical, he/she has no business to be in that court. 
 
Justice Markandey Katju retired from the Supreme Court in 2011
 
 

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A Gateway to Friendship Must Stay Open
07.09.19 - Saba Pervaiz Kiyani
A Gateway to Friendship Must Stay Open



Through time and through histories, when a legend of love erupts, tales or emotions make it clear that those is love usually disregard religious and social restrictions. When these tales fail, the lovers abandon their amorous intentions because of religious and social pressures. When these tales succeed, the lovers rise up to challenge the formidable obstacles and norms being religiously practiced by a society. So commonly, their decision leads to a stir in the society particularly.
 
Recently, when a Sikh girl, Jagjit Kaur married a Muslim boy, it led to an uproar and confusion not only in Pakistan but given our fragile relations with our neighbor, even in India.When the news surfaced, there were two kinds of opinions reigning over minds of people. 

The Sikh girl, Jagjit Kaur was forced to convert to Islam and marry the Muslim boy. 

The couple had taken the decision out of love and their commitment to each other, regardless of any religious and social taboos.

Timing:

When the news was making headlines in local and foreign media, members of the Sikh community from all over the world were in Lahore to participate in the first International Sikh Convention held at the Governor house. Immediately, prominent women activists from India, United States, United Kingdom and Canada, accompanied by Governor Punjab’s wife went to Darul Aman to meet Jagjit Kaur. The family of the girl was also present. They tried to convince Jagjit Kaur to re-think her decision. But Jagjit Kaur was adamant and refused to go with her family. 

Since most of the Sikh community was critical of the happenings, the government of Pakistan went an extra mile to resolve the issue. After several efforts, the girl’s Sikh and boy’s Muslim family reached an agreement. Jagjit will go back her home, and most probably, her fate will be decided by her family and uncles. This is no surprise. This is the usual story. In our subcontinent, in our societies, repeatedly the orthodox pull out the card of religion from the haversack of vested interests to curb the feelings of individuals. All marriages arranged outside caste, social status and language are denounced by the society. 
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Media Response:

Not surprisingly – and I say this with regret - some Indian media houses availed themselves of the story to entangle the audience and tried hard to bounce the matter in various directions. Their task appeared to evoke more concern about this external matter to their nation than to India’s internal matter – Kashmir. This was in line with India’s frequent claims that Kashmir is its domestic issue and Pakistan should remain away from it. 

Jagjit Kaur’s matter sold successfully to conceal the news of Kashmir for more than three to four days. Political opportunists and assumed well-wishers of the Sikh religion painted a hate and animosity filled tale against Pakistan. Indian media taunted the Sikh youth for helping Kashmiri women in the wake of the abrogation of Article 370. When the news of Jagjit Kaur’s conversion was trending, the media instigated Sikhs in eastern Punjab to protest against Pakistan. The media lapsed into a trope: portray Sikh girls in Pakistan as vulnerable and easy targets. 
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This is because Sikhs in India face severe criticism for supporting Pakistan on the Kartarpur corridor. The Indian mainland media does not value the Sikh people’s attachment to Guru Nanak’s land in Kartarpur and pushes the agenda that its government should back out from the mission of opening the corridor. 

History:

In all of this, rather deliberately the Indian media forgets the bonds between the Sikhs and Muslims. The idea is to negate a narrative within the Sikh and Muslim communities –a friendship that is centuries-old and shares a deeper bond than any fictional perception. 

Guru Nanak and his Muslim close aide and companion, Bhai Mardana are emblematic for the bonds between Sikhs and Muslims. That is why, with reverence, many Muslims claim that Guru Nanak belongs to them also. Another heartfelt and sincere friendship was between the fifth Guru Arjan Dev and the Muslim Sufi Mian Mir which stands as a shining example of goodwill among Sikhs and Muslims. The last Sikh Guru Gobind Singh had fought several battles with the Pahari Rajas, who were Hindus, but Indian scholars and media always talk about Guru’s battle against a Mughal emperor, Aurangzeb. 
While in the abstract the Sikhs are considered to be brave, saviours and humanist, their real role in history of being a syncretic religion between Hindus and Muslims is often forgotten.
 
Not only in Kashmir but all over the world, wherever humanity faces lock-downs, destruction or turmoil, a large number of Sikhs reach out to the affected areas like recently with Rohingya, Syria, and many other parts of the world for rescue, food and shelter. In recent years, a Sikh body is known all over the world for its rescue activities. Yet, the Indian media never portrays this complete picture.

While the relations between Sikhs and Muslims are age old, what is of concern these days are the voices in India about that nation’s future plans to convert the nation into a Hindu state. In such a state, what will be the space of Indian minorities, especially Sikhs? Especially those who were in the case of Jagjit Kaur, targeting Pakistani society? This is a matter the Sikhs in India need to think about.

If the BJP government makes India a Hindu state tomorrow, where would the Sikhs stand? The Indian constitution does not even accept the Sikhs as a separate religious identity and declares them Hindu. What would be the Sikhs’ take on countless cases of rape of Sikh women in the 1984 anti-Sikh pogrom or killings of their youth in fake encounters which remain undecided by the justice system of India?

Just a reminder in place here: according to Pakistan's Constitution,not a single religious minority has been stripped of its religious identity, nor is there any political or religious organisation, in the country, that forces minorities to adapt Islam. 
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Future:

When the boundaries of Punjab were demarcated at the eleventh hour in 1947, the betrayed Sikh leaders failed to realize how gravely their generations to come would suffer. Fortuitously, some of the most sacred religious places of Sikhs are in Pakistan. The Sikhs' adoration and reverence with the land of Pakistan cannot be curtailed by name calling or any covert design. 

In view of the long-standing desire of the Sikhs, Imran Khan’s government has promised to open Kartarpur corridor and this promise will be fulfilled this year. The Pakistani government has repeatedly reiterated that no matter come what may, the Kartarpur gateway is going to be opened for Sikhs and other devotees. Our prayers are this happens and in some tangible manner peace returns to one of the most militarized parts of the world.  
 
 
Saba Pervaiz Kiyani is a freelance blogger, journalist and broadcaster.

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer : PunjabToday.in and other platforms of the Punjab Today group strive to include views and opinions from across the entire spectrum, but by no means do we agree with everything we publish. Our efforts and editorial choices consistently underscore our authors' right to the freedom of speech. However, it should be clear to all readers that individual authors are responsible for the information, ideas or opinions in their articles, and very often, these do not reflect the views of PunjabToday.in or other platforms of the group. Punjab Today does not assume any responsibility or liability for the views of authors whose work appears here.

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KYUN KE HUM HAIN HINDUSTANI

Three Women of 1984

 FROM 1984 TO BARGARI - Hurt & angry, we’ve tried rage, anger. Did we miss karuna?   

REVISITING 1984 – RIOT AROUND A POLE     

KARTARPUR SAHIB: A CLARION CALL FOR PEACE IN AN AGE OF CYNICISM

If it could happen to Arun Shourie, imagine what could they do to you?

Healers & Predators – The Doctor is In, & is very corrupt

Amarinder, Badals, AAP — Every party in Punjab is now an Akali Dal

Welcome to 1947. Happy Independence Day. Would you like to step out?

In Pakistan, a donkey pays for democracy – bleeding, its nostrils ripped apart

WOOING THE PANTH: Amarinder a little less Congressy, Akali Dal a little more saffron

"Captain Amarinder Singh ji” and "Rahul”: Reading Sign Language In A Relationship

The Comrade In Punjab - Lost, Irrelevant, Asleep, Even Bored!

WATERS ROYALTY - The Loot that Rajasthan Committed

AMARINDER GOVT's LOVE FOR FARMERS, AND MY DAD's FOR HIS SCOOTER

OF SUNNY KID & HORSE SENSE: The Punjab-Punjab Ties  

TRUDEAU VISIT AND RIGHT-WING MEDIA MACHINE         

 OF NIRMAL SINGH'S EYES 

Mr. CHIEF MINISTER, PLEASE CALL OFF JANUARY 7 FUNCTION         

MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL       

A SAFFRON JOURNEY VIA CANADA

BAD, BAD WOMAN! 

 

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INCREASED TRAFFIC FINES
Saving lives more important through stiff measures than stray cases of corruption
06.09.19 - VIPIN PUBBY
Saving lives more important through stiff measures than stray cases of corruption



India is among the leading countries as far as the number of road accidents and deaths are concerned. About 1.50 lakh lives are lost every year in the country in road accidents. In other words one road accident takes place every minute and one person gets killed every four minutes in the country. 

Punjab and Haryana figure in the list of states which record very high number of accidents and deaths in roads. Haryana tops in the number of road accidents while Punjab is ahead of it in the number of those killed and maimed in such accidents. During 2016, a total of 5,077 people were killed on roads in Punjab while the toll in Haryana was 5,026 during the same period. The large state of Uttar Pradesh, however, recorded the maximum accident deaths with 19,320 persons dying in road accidents during the same period.

While the figures are mind boggling and very alarming, the extent of human tragedy behind such accidents is hard to fathom. How many families lose their bread earners or children lose their fathers or wives become widows. The sufferings for those who are left behind is gigantic.

Traffic experts say the three main causes of accidents are drink driving, over speeding and talking on mobile phones while driving. 

Therefore the steep hike in penalties for various traffic offences approved by the central government is a right step to act as a deterrent against the growing tendency of violating rules and rash driving. The provision for imposing fines earlier was too low and the violators could get away by dishing out a few hundred rupees. 

While the penalty for not wearing seat belt has been increased to Rs 1000, those driving without license can be fined Rs 5000 or spend 3 months in jail. Crossing speed limits can lead to a fine of Rs 5000 or 3 months in jail. Similarly jumping red lights is punishable by Rs 1000 to Rs 5000 or two to six months of jail. The stiffest fines are justifiably for drunk driving, which causes major accidents, with a fine of Re 10,000 or 6 months’ jail or both. Use of mobile phones can lead to a fine ranging from Rs 1000 to Rs 5000 and punishment of 6-12 months or both.

A section of people are saying that the fines are too high and that it was not the best way to force people to obey the rules. They talk of spreading awareness. The government had been doing that all along by launching awareness drives and educating students but evidently that had made little impact. Not knowing the law and not following it are inexcusable in any society.

The second criticism is that it would lead to increase in corruption. There may be some merit in that argument but governments must ensure that strictest possible punishment, including dismissal from service, be given to corrupt cops. The government should also take other steps like the ones taken by Chandigarh Police to keep a close watch on policemen through body cameras and cctv vigilance. The citizens also need to cooperate by not trying to bribe policemen as accepting as well as offering bribe is a crime.

The most important factor that we must appreciate is that saving precious lives in road accidents was much better than some cases of corruption in which both the giver and the receiver are guilty. The trauma caused by such road accidents, majority of them youth, who think they are immortal and that "nothing” would happen to them, can ruin families and lead to lifelong misery.

We have the example of the western countries where fines for traffic offences are even much higher than those in India now. It is a matter of record that traffic violations have drastically come down and even number of accidents have declined due to stiff fines. The offenders shudder to get caught as they are set to lose driving license of long periods even for minor offences.

Then there is a point of view that india does not have good road infrastructure as the western countries. This is a baseless argument as it has nothing to do with violations such as drink driving or speeding or talking on mobile while driving.

It is unfortunate that Punjab government has not adopted the draft rules prepared by the centre. A government spokesman said the government would ‘review’ the decision as the hefty fines would put a "burden on the common man”. It should instead try to save precious lives by putting the fear of god in the traffic violators.

Here’s what a Chandigarh Police ASI Bhupinder Singh, who is also a poet, has to say :

Sadaka di accident wich bade loog marde cee...
jurmana khat challan daa cee, ow kithi darde cee...
naye kanoon da dekho ellan ho gaya hai...
phir na kehna badda mehanga challan ho gaya hai...
Rasoi ghar vich ration daa nuksan ho gaya hai.
 

 

 

(The author, a freelance journalist, is a former Resident Editor of Indian Express, Chandigarh, and reported on the political developments in Jammu and Kashmir, North-Eastern India, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab in his long, illustrious career.)

 

 

Disclaimer : PunjabToday.in and other platforms of the Punjab Today group strive to include views and opinions from across the entire spectrum, but by no means do we agree with everything we publish. Our efforts and editorial choices consistently underscore our authors' right to the freedom of speech. However, it should be clear to all readers that individual authors are responsible for the information, ideas or opinions in their articles, and very often, these do not reflect the views of PunjabToday.in or other platforms of the group. Punjab Today does not assume any responsibility or liability for the views of authors whose work appears here.

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KYUN KE HUM HAIN HINDUSTANI

Three Women of 1984

 FROM 1984 TO BARGARI - Hurt & angry, we’ve tried rage, anger. Did we miss karuna?   

REVISITING 1984 – RIOT AROUND A POLE     

KARTARPUR SAHIB: A CLARION CALL FOR PEACE IN AN AGE OF CYNICISM

If it could happen to Arun Shourie, imagine what could they do to you?

Healers & Predators – The Doctor is In, & is very corrupt

Amarinder, Badals, AAP — Every party in Punjab is now an Akali Dal

Welcome to 1947. Happy Independence Day. Would you like to step out?

In Pakistan, a donkey pays for democracy – bleeding, its nostrils ripped apart

WOOING THE PANTH: Amarinder a little less Congressy, Akali Dal a little more saffron

"Captain Amarinder Singh ji” and "Rahul”: Reading Sign Language In A Relationship

The Comrade In Punjab - Lost, Irrelevant, Asleep, Even Bored!

WATERS ROYALTY - The Loot that Rajasthan Committed

AMARINDER GOVT's LOVE FOR FARMERS, AND MY DAD's FOR HIS SCOOTER

OF SUNNY KID & HORSE SENSE: The Punjab-Punjab Ties 
A SAFFRON JOURNEY VIA CANADA

TRUDEAU VISIT AND RIGHT-WING MEDIA MACHINE

OF NIRMAL SINGH'S EYES 

Mr. CHIEF MINISTER, PLEASE CALL OFF JANUARY 7 FUNCTION
BAD, BAD WOMAN! 

MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL

 

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