Six years on, we wait for justice
By: V Narayan
V Narayan of thane believes conviction of the three accused in the aug 2003 twin bomb blasts case does not mean justice has finally been served|
The conviction of the three accused associated with the 2003 Zaveri Bazaar and Gateway of India blasts makes for consoling reading. Belatedly, the relatives of the 52 innocent victims, who perished by a fraction of second six years back, can now mitigate their anguish to some small extent.
Now, the million dollar question is how effective this conviction will be in warding off the evil of terrorism from our society?
It is not so easy for us to forget the horrifying terrorist attack on our Parliament and how our judiciary had efficiently announced the conviction of Afzal Guru in record time. But sadly, his execution still remains unimplemented. Similarly, those responsible for the 2002 Godhra carnage remain unpunished.
It's sorry state of affairs that the executive is unable to coordinate with the judiciary. Citizens get the message that while the judiciary gives its verdict, the concerned authorities are not interested in seeing to it that the punishment that will cleanse the society is served in time.
It's ridiculous that Hanif Sayyed, the main accused in these blasts smiled confidently after the conviction as if he could escape his punishment by making an appeal against the verdict in a higher court. How long can we get away with such a mockery of our judiciary?
While the poor taxi driver who assisted the police in tracking down the culprits will have to live the rest of his life in perpetual fear of retributal, money bags will be splurged tirelessly to save these barbaric criminals.