Imprisonment of the innocent. Repairing the Judicial system is still a question. Released after 23 years of Imprisonment
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Lateef Ahmed was among the four other convicts accused in 1996 Lajpat Nagar bomb blast in which 13 people lost their lives and more than 38 people were injured. An year ago in July 2019 he was found innocent with two others and were freed after delayed justice.
Prisoners of our system
Statistics of Indian prisons reveal that 68% of the prisoners in india are those who still have not been convicted of any crime in court. If we look 40 years back the condition of our undertrials have not improved. Supreme court once said that undertrials in jail are a ‘crying shame on the judicial system’.
A retired director General of police, Mr Prakash Singh said “It’s unfortunate that 90% of the time members of a certain community are involved.” He also added that during the investigation there is always a prejudice due to pressure. People are certainly targeted also because of the community they belong to.
Courts have the power to compensate and thus it’s the right of a citizen to get a compensation. Although the matter of fact depends on the judge once the trial is over. Therefore the government should grant compensation for violating a citizen’s right to life under Article 21.
But let’s ask ourselves, is compensation enough?
Nope ‘NO’ records
Our country doesn’t hold data for wrongly accused convicts. In long years, innocent people have been enduring punishment for something they never did. Many have lost their lives battling for justice, and some are still fighting. Also there is no legal framework that provides support to the victims.
How can fair investigation happen?
Our system needs a reform with the changing times, india does need a better legal framework to catch the culprits. For a just investigation speedy trials are needed. Every prisoner after a legal period of time should have the acess to human rights council. Differeciation between poor and rich should be blurred.