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The victims of the Delhi riots must obtain quick justice | Editorial HT – editorials

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The only thing that should not be denied to the victims of Delhi riots is quick justice, something that will hopefully help them rebuild their broken lives. With better technology and a proactive and proactive civil society, the collection of evidence, the formulation of cases and the beginning of the prosecution process should not be as difficult and slow as they were before. It is a stain in our criminal justice system that in the case of communal riots, justice has been dropped in many cases. Be it the Hashimpura massacre in 1987, the Mumbai riots of 1993, the Gujarat riots of 2002, the Sikh riots of 1984 and the Muzaffarnagar riots of 2013 (and many others), there has been an excessive delay in leading to The defendants on trial.

The recommendations of the Srikrishna Justice Commission report on the Mumbai riots have not yet been implemented. The longer the prosecution of these cases of community violence is delayed, the greater the chances of political pressure on the witnesses. This could be in the form of stimuli or intimidation. In many cases, victims have to continue living in the same neighborhood as the defendant, making it difficult for them to even attend hearings without fear.

At the heart of the process is the efficiency of the police in the elaboration of cases and the recent conduct of the police in Delhi inspires little confidence. Riot cases should be investigated temporarily by a Special Investigation Team that is not under political pressure. These cases should be tried in fast-track courts so that there is no room for judicial delays. The delay in justice has a catastrophic effect on its survivors ranging from health problems to severe emotional trauma. Above all, victims, often poor and vulnerable, cannot afford to put their lives on hold and prosecute court cases for years. The recent riots in Delhi could have been contained much earlier if the police and the political establishment had moved with greater speed and resolution. They do not. Now, the criminal justice system must move clearly, efficiently and quickly to close those who have lost family members, property and livelihoods.

Hindustan Times

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