In a corrupt society, dual systems are institutionalised, there are official and unofficial procedures for everything. What starts as speed money, ends up as blackmail and extortion, and finally, leads to the destruction of the society.
The Difference Between Partners in Crime and Victims in Crime in a Corrupt Society
If I apply for a license or a tender and deprive a more deserving third party by bribing the authorities, I become a partner in crime while the deprived third party becomes a victim.
Let us take a look at a life and death situation.
If you pick up someone who is bleeding profusely on the street and take him/her to the hospital, nobody there seems to care. In a corrupt society, if you bribe someone they’ll take him/her right away. Your principles teach you not to bribe. The question then arises, would you let this person bleed to death or bribe?
Put in a situation like this, I will bribe.
Legally, I just became a criminal, but ethically I saved a life.
Years later I may be declared innocent.
I may be dead anyway. I broke the law but I saved a life.
The question is, am I a partner in crime or it’s victim?
The majority would agree I am a victim.
I feel strongly that most people are honest, they are not partners in crime but in corrupt societies, they become victims of crime.
Cooperation is a duty only so long as the government protects your honour. When the government instead of extending protection, robs you of your honour non-cooperation becomes your duty.
Mahatma Gandhi addressed over 50,000 people in Madras on 12th August 1920.
Where lawlessness becomes the law of the land, honest citizens become cheats, crooks and dacoits. To do the legal thing they have to do the illegal things.
Law of the Land and Law of Humanity
Many great leaders challenged the judiciary to uphold humanity. Some of the greatest leaders, like the Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi) and Martin Luther King, broke the law of the land. Mahatma Gandhi broke many colonial laws. Anyone who breaks a law commits a crime, then Mahatma Gandhi was one of the biggest criminals in history, for Mahatma Gandhi held that the law of humanity was way above the law of the land.
Take away justice, and what is a state but a large band of robbers.
—– St. Augustine
Whenever legal rights come into conflict with human rights – the question of fairness and justice need to be re- examined.
Mahatma Gandhi showed the way by breaking the salt tax law because it hurt the poorest of the poor. The protest had tremendous emotional appeal. When Mahatma Gandhi made salt at Dandi (Navsari, Gujarat https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dandi,_Navsari ) he broke the salt law and the hundreds who followed in his footsteps did the same and courted arrest.
This act of breaking the law was a protest against the inhumanity of colonial administration.
This was a challenge to the judiciary to uphold humanity. Breaking an unjust law and willingly accepting the consequences without running away, showed the highest respect for the law.
It aroused collective will of the community against the injustice of the colonial rulers.
Any government that imprisons people unjustly invites citizens’ wrath.
Arbitrary imposition of pain and injustice ought to be unacceptable to citizens because it kills human dignity and honourable living.
There come a point in our lives when we are called upon to take a stand. Mahatma Gandhi felt morally justified in encouraging others to launch the civil disobedience movement. Without any formal position of power or wealth, Mahatma Gandhi mobilised millions because he devoted his life to the service of the people and the pursuit of justice.
Non-cooperation is directed not against men but against measures. It is not directed against the governors, but against the system, they administer. The roots of non-cooperation lie not in hatred but in justice…..
—–Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
Any legal system that hurts an honest citizen may be antiquated (make obsolete or old-fashioned) and in need of re-evaluation.
Occasionally, standing up for human rights and justice is more important than maintaining peace.
Sometimes honest citizens are charged as trouble makers because they assert their rights.
If standing up for one’s rights is a crime then every citizen must strive to be criminal.
When an innocent person is imprisoned or treated unjustly the rest of the society should protest and be prepared to go to prison.
If individuals in society do not support the enforcement of law, then no law enforcement agency can help them.
Remember, those who stood up for the freedom of the people were also called lawbreakers.
During the Boston Tea Party, for instance, American freedom fighters threw tea into the Boston Harbour. The English colonials called them law breakers but they were acting in the best interests of their fellow citizens. They were protesting against the unjust laws imposed upon them.
Extremism in defence of liberty is no vice and moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue. ———- Barry Goldwater
For a layman, extremism is generally confused with acts of violence.
[ Extremism means, literally: driving (something) to the limit, to the extreme, to express (strong) disapproval] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extremism
If a government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for the law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself.
—– Justice Louis D. Brandeis
Like unenforced laws, unenforced rights can’t be said to exist. When injustice and disorder become profitable for the dishonest, they oppose steps to bring justice and order to society. Lack of justice guarantees the downfall of any society.
A weak government is the biggest instrument of oppression and injustice.
“National injustice is the surest road to national downfall. The question is whether we have to be in agreement with the people to defend them from injustice. The first responsibility, and duty of every individual, and society is to bring justice.”
William Edward Gladstone
Whenever someone stands for justice, he/she stands for humanity.
Justice can only prevail when barriers to injustice are eliminated.
We must have a clear sense of judgement about where to build walls and where to build bridges. Justice is the ultimate objective of every civil society. It should be pursued till it is obtained. Justice says, all men are created equal and they have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. If justice is worth having, it is worth fighting for.
Laws are formed to restrain the passions of men/women who will not respect reason and justice. An increase in the number of citizens who do not obey good laws is a sign of poor governance. A wise administration knows how to enforce and how to conciliate with dignity.
A man died leaving a large estate. He had two sons and they were fighting about how should they divide the estate. There was a wise man who lived nearby. They approached him to resolve the dispute, with a commitment that whatever he said would be accepted unconditionally. the wise man came up with the formula, that one brother would divide the estate based on his sense of fairness and the other would have the first pick. The dispute was resolved justice was done.
The underlying principle behind the old man’s decision was that of empathy. He called upon one son to empathise with the other and was successful in resolving the dispute judiciously.
An honourable living is only possible if justice prevails.
LIVING WITH HONOUR
There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.
—– Charles-Louis de Secondat.
Baron de Montesquieu in 1742
Justice and honourable living go hand in hand.
Where law and justice do not exist, tyranny prevails.
Mayor La Guardia was once presiding at a New York City night court. The weather was cold and wintry. All of a sudden, a trembling man was brought in and charged with stealing a loaf of bread. When questioned, the man explained that he had to steal in order to feed his starving family. La Guardia declared, “I have to punish you. There can be no exception to the law. I fine you $10.” As he gave his verdict, he pulled $10 from his pocket and paid the fine.”Furthermore,” he declared,”I am going to fine everyone in this courtroom 50 cents for living in a city where a man has to steal bread in order to eat. Mr Bailiff collects the fines and gives them to the defendant.”
In a judicial system, people must be held accountable for their actions and be made to bear the consequences.
But at the same time, the judicial system must also show compassion in situations that genuinely demand it. Justice should not only be done but also perceived as having been done.
This is not to say that people will be allowed to get away by doing wrong or commit a crime in the expectation that they will be forgiven on compassionate grounds. Many perpetrators take great comfort from the feeling that if caught they have the opportunity to lie and go scot free. The greatest incentive in committing a crime is the assurance that one can escape punishment. If crime is overlooked, it encourages the perception that moral wrongdoing is acceptable. Such an attitude would amount to an exploitation of compassion that is built into a genuine understanding of justice.
Justice must distinguish between the vicious and the unfortunate.
A state is better governed which has but few laws, and those laws strictly observed……
—– Rene Descartes
There is an ancient story. Once Truth and Deceit were travelling together. Truth looked rather starved and was wearing rags. Deceit said,“You seem to be in a pretty bad shape” and Truth replied,“Yes, I am. Nobody respects me or even gives me a job, but they make fun of me.” Deceit convinced Truth to follow his way and change his lifestyle for the better. Truth decided to follow Deceit on the promise that he would not say anything against Deceit. Truth decided to follow Deceit not because he felt that it was right but because he was starved. They went to a fine restaurant. Deceit placed the order and they ate some of the finest food. But before they got down to paying the bill, Deceit shouted and called the manager and said he was waiting for the change from the waiter. The waiter was summoned. He was stunned because he had not taken any money. Deceit shouted at the manager accusing them to be a bunch of thieves and taking innocent people for a ride. The manager became concerned about his reputation, refused to accept any money and instead gave out money from his own pocket which was to have been the “change”; if what was being said was true. Deceit and Truth heard the manager shouting at the waiter and threatened to fire him despite his protests. The waiter wondered in his heart if Truth had deserted hard-working souls. truth felt guilty and said to himself, “My judgement gave way to my hunger.” Deceit came out walking tall. ‘Truth’ could not take anymore and parted company silently.
“There are no principles on empty stomach.”
When money talks, the truth remains silent. Silence and Integrity are two different things. Just because the person is silent, does not mean they have integrity. More lies have been told in history by remaining silent when we should have spoken.
A good and faithful judge must strive to determine what is right rather than who is right.
Judicial verdicts may not change hearts but they can certainly prevent people from being heartless.
The world today needs more justice than charity. Often charity becomes necessary because of injustice.
The moving spirit behind any great cause is a call for justice. There are times when injustice cannot be prevented but there should never be a time when it cannot be protested. Bad laws constitute the worst kind of injustice. A law that cannot punish the guilty, cannot persuade the citizens to respect and honour its code.
A society not only needs good laws to restrain bad people but also good people to restrain bad laws.
For some people, it is lack of moral strength that makes them succumb to wrongdoing while others actively seek opportunities to do wrong.
Crime is the consequence of ignoring the conditions that breed lawlessness.
What Punishment for a Loaf of Bread
There was a man without a job, who was suffering from abject poverty. He had a family who was starving to death. One cold winter night he could not see his childrens’ misery and hunger. He went to the neighbourhood baker and stole a loaf of bread. He was caught, arrested and convicted. He was sentenced to jail for two years. While in prison he kept thinking of his famished children. He tried to escape but was caught, and more years were added to his sentence. Then he made second and third attempt which also failed and he ended up serving fifteen years in jail, for only one loaf of bread. When he came out of the prison, he became insensitive. His bitterness towards society reflected in his behaviour.
At the end of the judgement, many times we wonder who won – the best man or the best liar?
Lying under oath is stealing someone’s future. Most cases in the courts have a plaintiff and a defendant who give contradictory stories. Sometimes, the contradictions may be a matter of perception, but at other times, we know that someone is lying, especially when both parties have something to gain.
Another reason for such lying is misguided loyalties. Bystanders not coming forward with the truth may not be labelled as perjury (criminal offence of making false statements under oath) but is certainly a distortion of justice.
Obstructing the path of justice is like committing treachery against the nation. Where justice is denied, the STATE becomes an organised conspiracy to oppress its citizen, peace cannot prevail.
Injustice to anyone or anywhere in society is a threat to justice everywhere.
No country can survive where:
- Lawlessness becomes the law.
- The guilty go unpunished.
- The dishonest gets rewarded.
- Citizens are indifferent.
- Custodians of the law become the biggest lawbreakers.
Law and justice go hand in hand; we cannot have one without the other.
Every time a case is tried, both the law and the judiciary are on trial.
Law is not necessarily the same as justice nor is trial always a true investigation into the truth. It may just be a resolution of the dispute.
This is a court of law, young man, not a court of justice.
—– Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr
Freedom becomes meaningless in the absence of justice. People don’t mind harsh laws but they mind the selective handing out of justice.
If a judicial system does not appeal to intelligence —- it is bad — if it hurts conscience — it’s criminal— if it corrupts character — it is vicious.
Adapted from LIVING WITH HONOUR by SHIV KHERA
Why shouldn’t we try and prevent a crime when it’s happening right in front of us? Rather than feeling remorse afterwards.
Public memory is indeed very short.
We should not forget the plight of Ruchika Girhotra and many individuals like her.
Have we forgotten the plight of RUCHIKA GIRHOTRA.
Inspector General of Police Mr. Shambu (S.P.S. Rathore), Haryana, India
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August 12, 1990– SPS Rathore, then IG and President, Haryana Lawn Tennis Association (HLTA) molested Ruchika at his office-cum-home.
September 3, 1990– An Inquiry report indicts Rathore.
September 20, 1990–Ruchika expelled from school for ‘indiscipline’ following her allegations against Rathore.
August 12, 1992— Case referred to Haryana Chief Secretary for advice.
October 23, 1993– Ruchika’s brother arrested in several theft cases.
December 28, 1993– Ruchika consumed poisonous substance.
December 29, 1993– Ruchika died.
Anand Prakash and his wife took over the fight as Ruchika’s family fell silent after her death. Prakash says Rathore offered to settle the case out of the court, but his reply was: “The person who had the right to settle it was dead.”
November 1994: Rathore gets promoted; no action on enquiry report.
1994-1997: Complainant Anand Prakash tries to get copy of the enquiry report; finally gets it in 1997.
November 1997: Anand Prakash moves high court.
August 21, 1998– High Court directs CBI to conduct inquiry.
November 16, 1998: CBI files chargesheet.
July 2002: Rathore retires.
November 5, 2009 : Case transferred from Ambala Court to CBI Chandigarh.
Dec,11 2009: Court closes final arguments, sets date for verdict.
December 15, 2009: Case adjourned till December 21.
December 21, 2009– CBI court sentenced six months’ rigorous imprisonment to Rathore. He was also fined INR 1,000, though he managed to get bail soon after the verdict was announced.
January 12, 2010– CBI registered three fresh FIRs leveling charges of attempt to murder, abetment to suicide and doctoring documents.
November 10, 2010– CBI filed closure.
Ruchika Girhotra was a student in Class X A (Batch of 1991) at Sacred Heart School for Girls in Chandigarh. Her father, S.C Girhotra, was a manager with UCO Bank. Her mother died when she was ten years old. She had one brother, Ashu.
Ruchika, along with her friend Aradhna Prakash, were enrolled as trainees at the Haryana Lawn Tennis Association (HLTA).
Born in 1941 and a 1966-Batch Indian Police Service officer of the Haryana Cadre, Rathore was on deputation to Bhakhra Beas Management Board as Director, Vigilance and Security, when he molested Ruchika. He was the founding president of the Haryana Lawn Tennis Association, and Rathore used the garage of his house at 469 Sector 6, Panchkula, as its office. The house used to have a clay tennis court behind it, built by encroaching on government land. A few young girls played in this court. Action by local authorities later led to the tennis court being reduced to a badminton court.
Rathore’s wife Abha is an advocate. She defended his case from the beginning. She practices law in Panchkula and Chandigarh. Ajay Jain is another counsel for Rathore.
Aradhna’s parents Anand and Madhu Prakash attended over 400 hearings, after Ruchika’s father and brother had to leave Panchkula due to harassment. Supreme Court lawyers Pankaj Bhardwaj and Meet Malhotra fought the case for free since 1996.
Ruchika was a promising tennis player. On 11 August 1990, Rathore visited Ruchika’s house and met her father S. C. Girhotra. As head of the Haryana Lawn Tennis Association, Rathore promised to get special training for Ruchika. He requested that Ruchika meet him the following day in connection with this.
On 12 August (Sunday), Ruchika, along with her friend Aradhana (Aradhana Prakash), went to play at the lawn tennis court and met Rathore in his office (in the garage of his house). On seeing both of them, Rathore asked Aradhana to call the tennis coach (Mr. Thomas) to his room. Aradhana left, and Rathore was alone with Ruchika. He immediately grabbed her hand and waist and pressed his body against hers. Ruchika tried to push him away, but he continued molesting her.
But Aradhana returned and witnessed what was going on. On seeing her, Rathore released Ruchika and fell back in his chair. He then asked Aradhana to go out of his room and personally bring the coach with her. When she refused, Rathore rebuked Aradhana loudly, asking her to bring the coach. He insisted that Ruchika stayed in his room, but she managed to run out.
Ruchika told Aradhana everything that happened. Both girls did not tell anybody at first. The next day, they did not go to play tennis. The following day, 14 August, they changed the time of practice to avoid Rathore, and played till 6:30 pm. However, as they were leaving, the ball picker, Patloo, told them Rathore had called them to his office. It was at this point that the girls decided to tell their parents about the incident.
Following this, Panchkula residents, mostly parents of tennis players, gathered at the residence of Anand Prakash, father of Ruchika’s friend Aradhana, and decided that some strong action must be taken by way of bringing up the matter with higher authorities.
They could not contact either the Chief Minister Hukum Singh or Home Minister Sampat Singh, but met Home Secretary J K Duggal, who, on 17 August 1990, discussed the matter with the Home Minister and asked DGP Ram Rakshpal Singh to investigate.
Rathore allegedly paid some residents of Rajiv Colony (a slum) in Panchkula and also garnered the support of people from his community in Naraingarh, Ambala district. They staged dharnas outside the office and home of R R Singh.
On 3 September 1990, the inquiry report submitted by R R Singh to Home Secretary J K Duggal indicted Rathore. It recommended that an FIR be filed immediately against Rathore. Duggal forwarded the report to the Home Minister Sampat Singh, who failed to forward it to the Chief Minister for necessary action. The Home Secretary who replace Duggal never followed up on the report.
The report also revealed that an ex-MLA, Jagjeet Singh Tikka organised a large group of men to shout slogans in front of Ruchika’s house and harass her family. Rathore enjoyed the patronage of both the Hukam Singh and the Om Prakash Chautala governments.
Instead of filing an FIR as recommended by the report, the government preferred departmental action, and, on 28 May 1991, issued a chargesheet against Rathore. However, the government’s legal remembrancer, R. K. Nehru, suggested in 1992 that state government was not competent to issue the chargesheet, insisting that an FIR be registered. Then, the C M Bhajan Lal’s office referred the case to the chief secretary for advice. Eventually, no action was taken.
Rathore was enjoying support from all the Chief Ministers and was using his influence and loop holes in the system to escape possible conviction
On 20 September 1990, two weeks after the inquiry indicted Rathore, Ruchika was expelled from her school, Sacred Heart School for Girls, in Sector 26, Chandigarh. Ruchika had studied there from Class I.
The school actively plotted against Ruchika. The official reason for her expulsion was non-payment of fees. The school had actually refused to accept her fees. No notice was given to Ruchika for non-payment of fees, as is the school’s normal procedure. The school’s brochure states that non-payment of fees can only lead to being disallowed to take exams. It is not grounds for expulsion.
A magisterial inquiry has found that there were 135 similar cases of non-payment of fees at Sacred Hearts, but Ruchika was the only student ever expelled on these grounds. Of the 17 cases of late fees in 1990, at least 8 students paid their fees later than Ruchika did, but no action was taken against them. Ironically, the defaulters included Rathore’s daughter Priyanjali.
The principal of the school, Sister Sebastina, who still occupies the office, accepted to the magisterial inquiry that she personally issued instructions for the removal of Ruchika’s name from school register.
Ruchika’s expulsion from school was later used by Rathore’s lawyers to question her character.
It has been alleged that Ruchika was expelled to avoid embarrassing Rathore’s daughter Priyanjali, who was her classmate.
The school tried to stall the magisterial inquiry into Ruchika’s dismissal. Sister Sebastina only appeared before the inquiry after five days. The Chandigarh authorities threatened the school with legal action if they continued to stall the investigation.
After her expulsion, Ruchika confined herself indoors. Whenever she went out she was followed and abused by Rathore’s henchmen. Rathore deployed policemen in plain clothes in front of Ruchika’s house to keep an eye on the family.
False cases of theft, murder and civil defamation were filed against Ruchika’s father and her 10-year-old brother Ashu. Five theft cases against Ashu were registered by Sub-Inspector Prem Dutt The cases were filed when KP Singh was the Superintendent of Police, Ambala. Singh has been named in an FIR filed by Ashu. Singh later provided Rathore’s advocates a statement absolving Rathore. Singh is now the Inspector General of Police (Training) in Haryana and works at the Chandigarh Head Office.
Cases were filed against Anand Parkash, his wife Madhu, and their minor daughter Aradhana.
Anand Parkash worked as Chief Engineer in the Haryana State Agriculture Marketing Board and had a spotless record until this incident. Rathore then instigated more than 20 complaints against him. He was suspended from his job for some time and demoted to Superintendent Engineer. He was eventually given premature retirement. He did, however, challenge the government orders and was given relief by the court and cleared of all the complaints.
Aradhana, who is the sole witness in the molestation case, had ten civil cases filed against her by Rathore. She received abusive and threatening calls for months until she got married and left for Australia. Pankaj Bhardwaj, the lawyer who took up Ruchika’s case, was slapped with two court cases by Rathore -a defamation case and a case for compensation.
When Rathore was heading the vigilance team in the Haryana State Electricity Board (HSEB), he sent special teams from Bhiwani to raid houses of several of his complainants. Rathore also filed two cases against each of the journalists who had reported on the matter – one criminal and another civil – demanding compensation of Rs. 10 million each.
On 23 September 1993, Ruchika’s then 13-year-old brother, Ashu, was picked up in the market place near his house by police in plain clothes. They drove him in a jeep to the Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) Staff Office in Mansa Devi. There, he was tortured by Sub-Inspector Prem Dutt and Assistant Sub-Inspectors Jai Narayan.
His hands were tied on his back and he was made to bend. His feet were tied with a weight. He was kept in this uncomfortable position for an extended period of time.
After some time, Rathore also arrived there. Ashu was then tortured further. A roller, referred to by the police as “Mussal’, was rolled on his legs and thighs after four constables boarded the roller.
While still in illegal confinement, Ashu was taken to his house and beaten mercilessly in front of Ruchika by Rathore. Rathore then threatened her, saying that if she did not take back the complaint, her father, and then she herself, would face the same fate. Ashu was paraded in handcuffs in his neighbourhood.
Ashu was picked up again on 11 November 1993. He was tortured again and was unable to walk due to the beatings. He was not given food or water for days at a stretch and was beaten mercilessly. He was repeatedly told to convince his sister to withdraw her complaint. He was allegedly forced to sign on blank papers, which were used by the police to show his “confessions” that he stole 11 cars. He would not be released until after his sister’s suicide.
No charges were ever framed in any of these cases filed against Ashu.
The Panchkula Chief Judicial Magistrate exonerated Ashu in 1997, saying he had “no hesitation to pinpoint that nothing is on record to prima facie indict the accused” and that the disclosure statement made by the main accused, Gajinder Singh, was “just wastepaper”.
Gajinder Singh, a resident of Bihar, had been arrested by the Panchkula Police for a car theft and police claimed he had named Ashu as his accomplices. Singh later absconded and was named a proclaimed offender. He has been arrested by a team of Haryana Police assisted by their Pune counterparts on 9 January 2010 from the Baner Road area, where he was running a dhaba.
The Girhotra’s one-kanal bungalow in Sector 6 Panchkula was forcibly sold to a lawyer working for Rathore. Ruchika’s father was suspended from his job as bank manager, on charges of alleged corruption, after coercion from Rathore. They moved to the outskirts of Simla, and had to take up earth filling to make a living.
On 28 December 1993, days after Ashu was paraded in handcuffs in his locality, Ruchika consumed poison. She died the next day. Rathore threw a party that night to celebrate.
Rathore refused to release Ruchika’s body to her father Subash unless he signed blank sheets of paper. The blank papers were later used by the police to establish that the family had accepted Ruchika’s forged autopsy report. Rathore also threatened to kill Ashu, who was still in illegal police custody. At this time, Ashu was allegedly unconscious in CIA lock-up. He had been stripped naked and beaten the previous night by drunk policemen. He was brought back to his house, still unconscious, after Ruchika’s last rites were over.
In the inquest and the postmortem report, the name Ruchika was replaced with her nickname Ruby, and her father’s name was changed to Subhash Chander Khatri. This was to ensure that anyone reading the report would not know it pertains to Ruchika.
The government closed the case filed against Rathore less than a week after her death.
Unable to bear the harassment, her family moved out of Chandigarh.
Just a few months later, Rathore was promoted to additional DGP in November 1994, when Bhajan Lal was the chief minister.
The case was brought up for debate in Parliament. “After 19 years, the criminal has been found guilty but all he got as punishment was 6 months in prison. Within 10 minutes of conviction, he was out on bail. Is it not a shame for all of us?” asked CPI (M) leader Brinda Karat.
Former Haryana C.M Om Prakash Chautala, when asked about the case, dismissed it as a “frivolous issue”. It was during his rule that Rathore was promoted to DGP for Haryana. After the public outcry over the case, Chautala backtracked and accused the courts and the ruling Congress Government in Haryana of “letting Rathore off with a light punishment.” Ruchika’s father has blamed Chautala for actively supporting Rathore as he harassed his family.
Aradhna Parkash has started a signature drive to reopen the case.
However, the power of the law seems to be limited to grabbing hold of the DGP SPS Rathore, who will be stripped off his police medal. The decision to take back Rathore’s police medal, given to the police officer for meritorious service in August 1985, was taken by a committee.
JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED
I was shocked to know that some of my colleagues and other people have so much blind respect for Indian Armed Forces that they would wilfully let harassment of women/people occur, if the perpetrator of the crime happens to be a respectable man/woman from Armed forces.
One of their response is mentioned below….
“Jeevanshu Dhawan, bullshit… Where did you get thiz sick idea you nut case? Defaming the Armed forces is defaming Mother India…”
The above response was from a highly respected doctor working in a private hospital.
‘There is no respect for human life’: Armed forces ‘raped or killed’ nearly 2000 Manipur civilians in 35 years say judges
Damning reports submitted to the Supreme Court by two panels of judges have confirmed that armed forces personnel were involved in rapes and killing of innocent people in Manipur ‘under the cover’ of the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA).
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-2780818/There-no-respect-human-life-Armed-forces-raped-killed-nearly-2000-Manipur-civilians-35-years-say-judges.html#ixzz3cHPK61HT
No wonder cases of ‘RAPES’ and ‘Sexual Harassment’ are common in India and most of them go unreported. It’s not just about women it’s about the mentality of people in power who try to subjugate others and stifle the voice of whom they consider weak. These people only respect power and go berserk when bestowed with unlimited power, in institutions and establishments that lack transparency and accountability.
I have worked and been to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi; University College of Medical Sciences, U.C.M.S. & GTB Hospital, Delhi; Government Medical College, Patiala, Punjab; Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitsalaya, Geeta Colony, Delhi; Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (P.G.I.M.E.R) & R.M.L Hospital, New Delhi; Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (S.G.P.G.I.) Lucknow; and for a very brief period, I have also been to Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (P.G.I.M.E.R), Chandigarh; Army Research & Referral Hospital, Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi; Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra, India; Moolchand Medcity or Moolchand Khairatiram Hospital, Lajpat Nagar, Delhi; E.S.I Hospital, Basaidarapur, Delhi, India; Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital, Rohini, Delhi.
Wherever I went, “Faculty” and “Administration”, questioned my attitude. “Armed Forces”, “Police Force”, “Intelligence Agencies” turned a blind eye, behaved as deaf and dumb.
The message I received was
“Even if a woman is being raped or an individual being murdered in front of me, I dare not stop it, or try to lodge a complain about it, I should keep my mouth shut, if the perpetrators of that crime happens to be in a position of power or in a majority otherwise my career would be ruined.” If I would do as they say, I would be rewarded with gold medals and other monetary benefits, including a faculty position at A.I.I.M.S, New Delhi.
Someone has aptly said “BRAIN DRAIN IS BETTER THAN BRAIN IN DRAIN”
UNITED WE STAND WITH OUR HEADS IN SAND
My apologies to all faculty members, residents and my colleagues; It is very difficult to work, study, conduct research and live my life, with that kind of principles and mindset. I am not an ostrich. When threatened, the ostrich would either hide by lying flat on the ground or run away (which is a myth).
“There is no witness so dreadful, no accuser so terrible as the conscience that dwells in the heart of every man.”—- ― Polybius
“He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby becomes a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”
— Friedrich Nietzsche
With evil fools, there is no companionship. Rather than to live with men who are selfish, vain, quarrelsome, and obstinate, let a man walk alone.
Sir, I am not defaming armed forces or any other organisation, or for that matter an individual, I am reporting what I had experienced happening in front of me (I heard it with my ears and saw it with my very own eyes), and after careful reasoning, observation and analysis, what I found to be unethical, immoral and blatantly illegal. I am not a coward and have the courage to speak up even when the culprit/culprits happen to be in a position of power or in a majority. I rarely indulge in gossips.
“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumoured by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”
― Gautama Buddha
All sane, sentient human beings should do the same.
In philosophical, theological, or moral discussions, corruption is the abuse of bestowed power or position to acquire a personal benefit. Corruption may include many activities including bribery and embezzlement. A government, or ‘political’, corruption occurs when an office-holder or other governmental employee acts in an official capacity for personal gain.
Systemic corruption (or endemic corruption) is corruption which is primarily due to the weaknesses of an organization or process. It can be contrasted with individual officials or agents who act corruptly within the system.
Factors which encourage systemic corruption include
conflicting incentives, discretionary powers; monopolistic powers; lack of transparency; low pay; and a culture of impunity.
Economist Ian Senior defines corruption as an action to
(a) secretly provide
(b) a good or a service to a third party
(c) so that he or she can influence certain actions which
(d) benefit the corrupt, a third party,
or both (e) in which the corrupt agent has authority.
Daniel Kaufmann, from the World Bank, extends the concept to include ‘legal corruption’ in which power is abused within the confines of the law – as those with power often have the ability to make laws for their protection. Source: Wikipedia
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