“We Just Want Compensation,” said the wife of Nurullah Mahboob Shaikh, the victim of Salman khan hit and run case. The verdict of the case, duration of sentence or consequent grant of bail did not make any diﬀerence to her life. She lost only earning member of the family and all that she was looking for was a compensation to support her family. Here she was asking for fairness on her part than Justice.
In Uttar Pradesh, three weeks ago a journalist Jagendra Singh was set on ﬁre and burnt to death after he took on the maﬁa. He had published articles against a prominent minister, the police oﬃcers and was successful in creating public opinion against the collusive form of corruption.But those goons took revenge against the journalist by ﬁling an extortion case and killed him brutally. The dying statement of Jagendra Singh and witness statement clearly makes this case an opportunity to crackdown on Maﬁa. But, unfortunately, the powerful people already have been successful in abusing state resources to set the prosecution in defensive mode by luring the family into a compromise. The journalist’s family has decided to accept the government’s oﬀer of Rs. 30 lakh and two jobs as compensation for Jagendra Singh’s death.The family which had no faith in the State police, which was demanding CBI enquiry no longer wants a CBI enquiry.The witness has turned hostile within 5 days is a clear cut indicator of shielding a culprit.There is palpable indication that this case will bite the dust soon, as it happened in the past.For the family, it was a practical decision instead of ideal.They don’t want to take on the system, ﬁght a case which will last forever, imbibe stress and spend an entire lifetime in court. Justice restoration rather than the punishment of the transgressor is important to them.But this case represents larger malice that’s prevailing at the present world, a lot of investigative journalists are being killed or subjected to harassment in the nation. If Victims don’t stand up and ﬁght for the justice, oppression of victims with more sophisticated means will continue and justice will be suppressed.
Crime creates a social debt. The judicial system aims at clearing the social debt created and uses the victim as a means to end the debt, than as the focus of justice. The Victim’s importance increases as a function of how much help the victim can oﬀer in gaining a conviction. Therefore, silencing of victims by compensation plays a crucial role in the ﬁnal outcome of the judgement. A study by New York University psychology researchers shows that we’re more likely to punish wrongdoing as a third party to a non-violent oﬀence than when we’re victimised by it.People must be educated to take the decision in the spirit of the constitution and demonstrate the collective value.It’s not impossible to create such environment. The support of people, media and political parties gave huge strength to the family of DK Ravi to force the government for fair and transparent investigation by CBI. Compensation programmes and reparations for the victims of injustice must be enforced eﬀectively. Moreover victims opinion should not stop the law authorities to pursue the case and take the culprits to task. No amount of money can replace the suﬀerings of the family.