Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Crowd blinds 3 motorcyle thieves

This seems to be happening more and more. Lynch mobs are ready to dole out instant justice, without worrying about any law or judicial process. Refer this article:

A mob was waiting for the three and they were dragged off the stolen motorcycle as soon as they appeared, fisted and kicked before their eyes were pierced and gouged out with a sharp tool, the Sirdala police station officer in-charge Manoj Kumar said.

Thieves being caught by a mob is fine, and one can understand some elements in the mob getting hyperactive and beating them, although that is also a problem. But to gouge out their eyes is such a brutal step, and something that just shows the total lack of regard for human lives.
We have earlier had cases of illegal caste panchayats condemning lovers to death and carrying out such attacks, of people beating thieves to death, of policemen / ticket conductors throwing people out of fast-moving trains, of policemen being complicit in dragging a thief behind a motorcycle. If we have to dispense this brand of rough justice, then what is the need for a legal system.
One can also argue that it is our legal system that has caused this to happen, with thieves and others not getting convicted or taking too long to convict, and people not having the honest fear of the law that makes people obey the law. Unfortunately, the more we let people do such actions and go unpunished, the more likely it is that we will see more such mob action, and in the off case, an innocent getting punished in this way.

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posted by Ashish Agarwal @ 10:28 AM