This woman was obviously psychotic. I mean come on, everyone knows Batman can't fly!
Before you wonder as to where I am heading; ponder on the judicial proceedings in this country. I am beginning to feel despondent. You can be driven to becoming "psychotic" particularly if you are a victim.
Take for example the recent hit and run case involving a certain Allister Pereira, you can also follow this link: www.ndtv.com/convergence/ndtv/story.aspx?id=NEWEN20070009486 and read the cold facts of an earlier hit and run case that was loaded with miscarriage of justice.
"In law, the accused has a million ways to escape. But the victim is consigned to the gallows"
"There is a place in our courts for the judge, the accused, the lawyers and witnesses. But there is no seat for the victim though his/her plight remains central to the case."
—Former solicitor general K.T.S. Tulsi
Our legal system favours the accused and not the victim. To enumerate:
- The victim is represented by the public prosecutor engaged by the state. The accused can hire lawyers of his/her choice. (Elsewhere public prosecutor’s post is a coveted one and he/she is held accountable. In
there is no accountability of a public prosecutor. He/she gets time-bound promotions not linked to performance) India
- The victim or his family cannot file an appeal against an unfair verdict. That is the state’s prerogative. The victim’s side can only file a revision petition on grounds of procedural oversight. (This is why the media and the public joined hands in the recent review of the Jessica Lal & Priyadarshini Mattoo cases.)
- Rights of the accused, including right to silence, is detailed in law. It is, however, silent about the victim’s rights.
- The accused has the right to know the evidence framed by the prosecution. The victim has no access to information from the defence side.
- If the accused is influential, he/she can tamper with evidence, compromise investigators, even judges. (It is now a known fact that judges in
are corrupt. There is no procedure under law to censure the judge, though his judgement can be questioned in an appeal, and subsequently censured) India
The criminal system in