Throwing acid at innocence

No punishment means no letup in crime



The recent acid throwing incident in the uptown area of Srinagar has shocked us all. Two men committed an act worse than murder in the broad day light. It is not for the first time that a girl has been attacked. It happened earlier too. But every new crime makes the older one appear paler. Why? Simply because those who do it get away with it. In the absence of any deterrence, only this can happen.
Whether to ban tuition centers for spreading nuisance and creating a fertile atmosphere for delinquents to go berserk is a different debate. Here a question even more painful strikes a civilian. State-backed law enforcing agencies take the harshest measures and punish stone-pelters. They make sure that no one even imagines picking up a stone for the fear of being slapped a punitive law against him. Young, old, male, female, hale, hearty or handicapped – none is spared. The example of Zahida, a handicapped girl from South Kashmir investigated for her alleged participation in stone throwing incident is a case in point. But not many punishments are in sight about those accused of using force beyond limits. If you are swift in punishing one set of ‘violators’, why slacken when the same (or even worse) happens on the other side. This selective application of law has done the damage. Well, the point of being lenient about law-enforcers has been taken up earlier too, but here the focus is on social crime. If political uprisings are met with force (how disproportionate, doesn't matter), why are social crimes not been dealt with an equal stridency. What happened to those who crushed a young girl Romana some years ago? Simply by registering a case against acid throwers won't finish the story. The course of law in such cases is endless. When a crime is so obvious that no investigations add anything to it, what further do we need to bring guilty to justice. The magnitude of crime committed can't be equated with the mere arrest of perpetrators. Arrests are common, and arrests are normally followed by a release. We never mean that law must not be allowed to take its own course. But we do mean that the `course of law' must not impede the process of justice. If a Delhi girl is gang-raped and the rapists are not punished, that would be repeating the rape with the soul of that ill-fated girl. The same way if assaulters and acid throwers do not get punished the way they deserve, we will be repeatedly assaulting the innocence of a hapless female.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 5 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 5 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 6 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST

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