Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Justice Delayed is not Justice Denied

My colleague Revathi is a case in point and a true inspiration for all of us. Unless you fight for your rights and persevere to see it through till the end, you cannot aspire to get what you set out to achieve.

In her case, it was very clear. Revathi was not interested in getting a compensation from the government, she wanted accountability. Kudos to her and to the Human Rights Commission - it might be a cliche, but certainly holds good - Justice delayed is not justice denied.

Shame on the police department for their smug irresponsible behaviour. I am more concerned about illiterate citizens; will their voice ever be heard? They will probably beaten black and blue and slapped with a wrong case.

What I really appreciated about the judgement was the accountability of key police officials to whom a copy of the judgement was handed out. Leadership is about leading by example. By bringing senior officials into the picture, it has set a precedent for other teams should act in such a manner.
Citizens are not fools and you cannot take everyone for granted. In this case, the cop was in for a surprise since he underestimated my colleague. In totality, accountability takes place at three levels - the affected citizen, the cops who should persevere to address the complaint, and the judicial system that should hand out a judgement that is commensurate with the nature of the crime.

Even if one fails, everything will fall apart. The blame game continues.

1 comment:

Jay Talkin' said...

'In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins - not by strength but through perseverance' - Jackson Brown

Kudos to Revathi Murali. May her tribe increase!!