32 years later – uttamhindu.com

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1960s Hindi film came in ’20 Saal Baad’. Mukhtar Ansari’s punishment after 32 years has brought back memories of that film. Uttar Pradesh’s mafia Mukhtar Ansari has been convicted by the MP-MLA court in the Awadhesh murder case and sentenced to life imprisonment and a fine of 1 lakh 20 thousand. Significantly, 97 cases are going on against the Ansari family. There are 61 cases against Mukhtar Ansari, seven against brother Afzal Ansari, three against Sibagatullah Ansari, 11 against Mukhtar’s wife Ayesha, eight against Mukhtar’s son Abbas, six against Umar Ansari and one against Abbas’s wife Nikhat Bano.

It is difficult for Mukhtar Ansari, who has been in jail for the last 17 years, to come out of jail. The punishment given after 32 years in Mukhtar Ansari’s Awadhesh murder case also exposes the weakness of our judicial process. One of the major reasons for increasing crimes in the country is the slow pace of our judicial process. Several gruesome murders have come to light in the past, but due to the tangled path of the legal process, it will take years for the accused to be punished. Delayed justice not only loses its importance but also boosts the morale of the accused. The families of the victims also live in fear.

According to a survey conducted recently, lakhs of cases are piling up in various courts of this country. The reason is the same – date on date, but there are many reasons behind these dates as well. The court’s stay orders have stopped the pace of more than one lakh cases. Hearing of 54 lakh cases is stuck due to non-availability of lawyers. More than 33 lakh cases have stopped due to the absconding of the accused. Delay in hearing of 27 lakh cases resulted in non-appearance of important witnesses, while more than 13 lakh cases are stuck waiting for documents. The hearing of 22.5 lakh cases has stopped due to other reasons. That is, if you want quick justice, activism will have to be increased at every level. For any plan to clear the pendency of the courts to be successful, it is imperative that the identified causes of delay in trial are addressed at the earliest.

Criminals realize that they commit crimes with impunity because of the complicated and slow judicial process, where they have the opportunity to escape and the chances of getting punishment are also less. The Ansari family is an example of this. If there is to be a crackdown on increasing crimes in the country, then the judicial process has to be speeded up. In heinous cases like murder, kidnapping and rape, orders should come within a time limit.

The verdict after 32 years only exposes the weak side of the country’s judiciary. Removing this weakness should be the priority of the government. The day this weakness will go away, from the same day the number of heinous crimes will also start decreasing in the country.

– Irwin Khanna (Chief Editor, Dainik Uttam Hindu)

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