Commissions die in omissions
Hope Verma Commission strikes with a difference
Civilized societies appoint commissions headed by eminent personalities from different fields. With their knowledge wisdom and experience they can deal with particular subjects as experts. When such individuals after examining the relevant issue give valuable suggestions, things change for better. That pushes the powers-that-be to appoint such Commissions.
It is a well known saying that maturity comes more by experience than by speeches, sermons or books. The one who refuses to learn by experience by no stretch of imagination can be considered a reasonable man much less to say a wise man. After brutal killing and molestation of a young girl Damini in Delhi every nook and corner of India rose in protest. That seems to have compelled the authorities to appoint justice J S Verma commission who has submitted its report within one month which itself is no less an achievement. This step has been taken apparently to kill two birds with one stone. Primarily to cool down the feelings of anger which were increasingly spreading like wild fire and secondly giving the impression that State is very serious to make stern laws against sexual crimes against women but how far they are sincere in their designs only time will tell.
Honble justice J S Verma has retired as chief justice of Supreme Court of India who had enjoyed a very good reputation in terms of his honesty, integrity, discipline and judicial propriety. Given the experience as to how the recommendations of judicial commissions are accumulating dust on the shelf’s of the authorities, any self respect-conscious man will think twice before accepting any such assignment whether he should accept the same or not lest his report become the causality of the political gimmick, mockery of bureaucratic wrangles and ultimately will find its place in dust bin instead of being implemented and acted upon to serve the purpose. Despite spending huge money from public exchequer on such Commissions/Enquiries how many reports of the commissions/recommendations from 1950 have not seen the light of the day did any one bother to find out why.?
I have no hesitation in saluting the daunting job done by Honble justice Verma in a record time of one month in which voluminous statements were recorded as well as vast examination of different aspects was done yet the final report was submitted to the Government. It all happened in one month which is a great contribution in itself for which he deserves all praise. But the million dollar question is as to what will happen to his hard labor now onwards. Same fate as mostly other Commissions have met or people on the ground will find any change. Going by the experience one can say without any fear of contradiction that most of the commissions have died their death on account of Omissions to implement them by the powers-that-be. With the result it is but natural people by and by are losing faith in the setup and the system which is supposed otherwise to serve the people for whom it is meant and who are otherwise considered to be sovereign under the constitution.
Justice Verma is a known legal luminary whose has given most valuable suggestions and recommendations which definitely are in the ultimate interests of the people and the country hence all political parties should rise above their party politics to implement them without any delay. Crimes will not be prevented unless criminals are dealt with quickly and sternly. Law enforcing agencies must be made more accountable for their involvement in crimes than ordinary criminal which alone will set the derailing system on tracks if the authorities are any way sincere in their sayings otherwise it will be same old story of killing the time than killing the crime.
(B.A.Bashir is Sr. Advocate)
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