Good,Bad and Ugly – Crime and Punishment
The world is a jungle and out there in the wilds only the rules of survival work. The survival of the fittest. – The most primal instinct being the instinct to survive.
Good thing – we are humans and possess a superior intellect to form a universal uniform code of conduct so as to survive in harmony and peace, posing minimum of danger to other humans or to other species.
But the Bad thing – It is this same superior intellect which has resulted in some Notorious characters maneuvering there way out of these rules to become demons in their own right like Chengiz Khan, Hitler,Mussolini to name a few.
Good Thing that I am an Indian, belonging to the biggest democracy in the world. Everyone is heard out here. Everyone can have a say (at least theoretically)
Bad Thing- Everyone! Means everyone! Even those who may have massacred thousands in front of your very eye! Raped and destroyed helpless kids or committed other heinous crimes.
Good thing we have a very fine judiciary system, which examines and tries cases minutely so as to ensure that no one is punished unjustly or no guilty person go unpunished.
Bad thing about it is that the process takes so long (obviously all the fine examination will take time) that by the time punishment is meted out, we tend to forget about it – what crime! Whose punishment! And there is the added concern that witnesses might disappear or the accused may during the course of time.
Good thing we have the benefit of judicial custody of accused to aid in the trial and investigations.
But Bad thing is that they have to be “imprisoned” too or put into the Jail (mind you, the accused has just been accused and not convicted yet and there is some percent of chance that he/ she might be acquitted) along with petty criminals and dreaded gangsters.
Good thing- that they are slightly differentiated from the convicts inside the prison. (In that certain rules may differ)
Bad thing is that same cannot be said about the society outside because when they are finally acquitted, much to their grief they find that the people really do not know much about the difference between accused and convict. For them a jail is a jail is a jail!
But good thing- that society is trying to open up and has embraced many prolific personalities into the mainstream.
Bad thing is that everybody does not have the good fortune of Salman khan, Sanjay Dutt or Rahul mahajan.
But good thing is that our prison system is a correctional. Preventive and punishment unit and not torture chambers as perceived by many. More over we have the benefit of NHRC (national human rights commission) to prevent any unintentional or intentional mishaps.
But bad thing how many corrections? How much prevention of crime? Whose punishment and what type of punishment? And NHRC for the same persons who have themselves violated them???!!!
Good thing we have different punishment slabs for different “crimes” depending on the intensity, situations etc
Bad thing – and a surprising thing is that most times neither the victim/ victim’s family nor the perpetrators are ultimately happy with the verdicts. I wonder why? I mean someone should have been happy, isn’t it?
A wise person said that you cannot make everyone happy, but the ugly question is “are the right persons happy?”
Good thing that here I can ask any question, comment anything, inspite of my ignorance and still get away with it as this is Democracy and a country of questioning minds.
But the Bad thing, will anyone bother to enlighten me more about all this with their comments???