Death penalty in Nirbhaya case is a loss rather than win
Maybe we should feel happy after the Supreme Court decision to award the culprits final punishment for their deeds which they deserve for sure if not rape then for the horrible act they did with the girl. The main question arises the so-called juvenile who is the main culprit is yet to get the punishment he deserves and in fact, he will never get it in this life. Even though the crime is horrible, he still roams free just because his age was 17 at the time of his crime. The sad part of this story is we live in a country where age matters even for a horrible crime and, to be honest, the so-called human rights activists, child rights activist tend to ignore the fact that crime has nothing to do with age. The ignorance clearly shows after the criticism from none other than Shashi Tharoor who cited the reason of lack of education and poor background. Whether it’s a political reason or personal opinion which came just after the government passed the bill to allow 16 or above age person to treat as an adult will be a separate part of the discussion. Whereas their opinion should come after briefly studying the current situation about the nation which they don’t, and such objections show their serious ignorance about common citizen problems.
The worst fact is that rape happened as usual even before the infamous incident and is still happening and the only good news is such a mass protest we never saw before it which forced the administration to come in action. From arresting the criminals to the court trial, and if this is not enough the outrage forced them to change a little bit in the juvenile law which is not enough, still a small win for us. While protesting against such law, the so-called public representatives and child rights activists should remember that crime happens due to poverty is for basic requirements not for pleasure, and rape is not an act of surviving.
How long we have to wait?
Even they get the final punishment but how long this will take to make it happen? If rape is the concern then last time Dhananjay Chatarjee got the punishment in 2004 and it almost 14 years and so many things happened. If capital punishment is the concern, then Yakub Memon was the last criminal to get it. According to a data currently, 400 criminals are waiting for it and is not possible to act immediately for multiple reasons, and now we have four more. Is it enough or just another stunt to calm the public anger? No matter how hard the administration tries, unless they able to solve the ground problems there is no way to control the public outrage, and the delay of the punishment could encourage more fury. At one point the main culprit will never get the punishment even after the changing law, and we have 400 criminals and expecting the promptness from the government would be like searching water in the desert. It took 22 years to hang a terrorist, and these four have still two options, one is a curative plea and another is mercy plea before the President, and we are sure these two will be rejected. We saw five and a half years and yet they are alive. How long we have to wait to hang these monsters? Is there any time limit to complete such procedures as soon as possible? Or we should continue with our slow judiciary process by blaming own luck? There are lots of unanswered questions that proved that even after the verdict it’s a loss rather than win.