No Mercy, Merci!!

A preamble of my thoughts –


So, the Juvenile Justice Bill was finally passed in Rajya Sabha. And how! With humongous amount of discussion, deliberation and dilution – they have arrived at what they call an amendment – for the betterment of the lives of women in our country. And oh! The debate on whether this bill should even be passed, or if a special selection committee be involved to decide how the ‘INNOCENT child CONVICTS’ (that looks like a fantastic new oxymoron, doesn’t it?) should be handled, deserves a special mention.

(The below links will throw some light on the same.

Hark! Look at some cringing at the bill, saying the crime rate is static. Static? Are you kidding me? Should the objective not be to remove the roots of even the intentions of committing the crime? (This probably gives ample reason and support to the excuse given by the supreme court, whose hands, as it rightly says, “are tied by the law”.)

How much more pathetic can this get?

The only juvenile in the Nirbhaya rape case who was released after much ado, is being sheltered in a “charity house”, is, in short, being given nothing short of ‘z’ category security, because of “fears over his safety”. ( The convict is apparently ‘scared’ about facing the people’s wrath).

A sweet consequence of this – the next loafer (minor/major) around the corner of your street, who already has pretty much all the ‘desirable’ habits to be avoided for, will DEFINITELY not bother to think twice to commit a crime of a similar or a higher degree, looking at the kind of treatment his former ‘partners-in-crime’ are being given. Which will successfully fulfill the objective our ‘revered’ leaders are trying to prove, won’t it? Keeping the crime rate static, my foot!

I understand, juveniles or the so called ‘INNOCENT child CONVICTS’, when made to share a jail room with murderers MIGHT get spoiled for life. But mind you, they did commit a crime. Whether they were pushed to do what they did, or they didn’t actually know what they were doing, they would have to realise the impact of their unforgivable acts.

And for that to happen, the law has to enforce stringent punishment – that doesn’t cripple them for life, but educates them enough so they are ashamed sufficiently for what had been their course of action; educates them enough so they don’t take the law for granted; so it pricks their conscience every time they retrospect, so they recoil in fear every time they think of crossing the line.

Let the law punish them so, that the rest of the human race living in India shudders to even think of committing something similar or worse. Let the law be such, that it can’t be taken for granted. At all.

Mercy – is elixir when bestowed on the deserving. Only when bestowed on people who truly deserve a chance, a second chance. And who deserve it shouldn’t be judged going by their power or feigned repentance. Mercy tends to lose it’s worth then. And too much of anything is definitely poison. Period.

Also, in a rush to appease the rich and the prominent, let’s not make this land uninhabitable for the rest. Atleast in thought.

P.S. I was suddenly reminded of the infamous porn ban and the ‘surprise’ investigation checks in hotels while writing this. Just saying.

Author: Annapurani Vaidyanathan

I hoard books for a living. And read them too, when I am not sleeping. I express what I think, so my unheard feelings don't sink. I like to sing when I walk, to keep shades grey, at bay. I speak like a dork, but I don't want to drive anyone away. I write what's real, and nothing fake, so visit my blog whenever you need a break ;)

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