RIGHT TO JUSTICE
ALL RIGHTS THAT LEGALLY ACCRUE TO AN INDIAN CITIZEN HAVE TO BE ENFORCED EVENTUALLY THROUGH COURTS. THE WAY OUR JUDICIAL SYSTEM IS WORKING, MAKE IT IMPOSSILE FOR THE COMMON CITIZENS TO THINK OF SUCH RIGHTS EXCEPT WHEN IT IS GIVEN TO HIM BY BUREAUCRACY OUT OF PITY OR CHARITY. ALL SUCH RIGHTS BOIL DOWN TO NOTHING IN PRACTICE EXCEPT FOR RICH AND INFLUENTIAL CITIZENS. THUS MAJORITY OF CITIZENRY OF THIS DEMOCRATIC COUNTRY IS DEPRIVED OF ITS RIGHTS.
IF CITIZENS DESIRE TO HAVE RIGHTS AS A MATTER OF RIGHT, THEN THEY WILL HAVE TO FORCE THE GOVERNMENT TO URGENTLY REFORM THE JUDICIARY AS A FIRST STEP IN EMPOWERING THE CITIZENS. IT HAS TO MAKE IT EFFICIENT IN ALL ITS GAMUT INCLUDING QUALITY AND COST OF JUSTICE FOR THE COMMON CITIZEN.
WHILE LARGE NUMBER OF SECTORS ARE BEING OPENED UP FOR PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION, IT WILL BE ADVISABLE TO CONSIDER PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION IN JUSTICE DELIVERY SYSTEM.
To improve on the situation, Government should consider inviting private sector to jointly man the judiciary in
Govt may argue that the judicial system may be misused by private sector. But at present also judiciary is being misused grossly and bluntly. The private courts will have lesser evil than the present system. We can start with civil and petty criminal cases in few districts and blocks.
Otherwise also unofficial private courts are in existence, which are managed by anti-social elements and local dons. People out of trust of fair deal or out of fear resort to such unofficial private courts.
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