Bombay Stock Exchange, Katha Bazaar, Sena Bhavan, Century Bazaar, Mahim Causeaway, Air India Building, Zaveri Bazaar, Hotel Sea Rock, Plaza Theatre, Juhu Centaur Hotel, Airport Bay-54 and Airport Centaur Hotel. These are the 12 busiest places in the Indian financial capital, Mumbai. Mumbai is said to be the city of dreams, a city that never sleeps and when someone tries to destroy our dreams then we will not spare them.
Something similar happened in 1993 , when explosions rocked Mumbai, killing 253 people and leaving around 750 people injured. The main accused Dawood Ibrahim and Tiger Memon had been missing since 1993. But then who is getting hanged after 22 years?
Yakub Memon ,the brother of Tiger Memon is getting hanged after 22 years since the explosions happened in Mumbai. Yakub Memon is one of the accused in the Mumbai serial bomb blasts case and he is the only one who is going to be hanged on 30th of July, 2015.
But we are not here to talk about Yakub Memon but to discuss that why there is justice after 22 years? Why Indian Judiciary took so much time to punish the accused. Yakub was under arrest since 2007 and he is getting hanged in 2015. Similar to Yakub Memon’s case there are several other cases which are pending in Indian Courts.
As of now, more than 30 million cases are pending in Indian courts and out of them several have been lingering for more than 20 years. And the real cause is the vacancies that are vacant in Indian Judiciary. Currently 4706 judicial positions are vacant in Indian courts. At present, there are 15 judges for a million citizens and Ideally, as per the Supreme Court, there should be 50 judges for a million citizens. In comparison Europe has 150 judges and US has 100 judges for a million people.
The Delhi gang rape case of 2012 which shook the whole world is still pending in the Indian Supreme court. Actor Salman Khan hit and run case is going on in Indian courts since 2002 and still final verdict is pending. Similarly there are millions of other such cases as above which are either pending or yet to be started in courts.
So the question here arise is whether this is fair to the victims as the accused are residing in Indian Jails or out on bail whereas the victims are either dead or suffering for so long that now their case verdict doesn’t even concern them.
The possible solution to this situation should be the establishment of local courts such as Lok Adalats which can dispose at least civil cases so that higher courts can take more severe cases which need immediate attention and are pending from a long time. The vacant positions in the courts should also be filled with qualified candidates as soon as possible so that victims can get justice and the criminals can be punished soon. This is the requirement for a safe and better India and also for the welfare of Indian citizens.