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Posted: 06 January 2011 at 8:40am | IP Logged
I was watching the trailer for No One Killed Jessica and it got me thinking. That night when Jessica Lal was shot in the head for simply refusing to serve drinks to Manu Sharma, there were many witnesses present. According to the film that's being made, there were 300 witnesses present. Now I don't know how accurate that figure is but at the end of the day there were still many witnesses present that saw what happened and it seemed like the eyewitnesses that came forward to testify against Manu Sharma-the son of a Congress Party Politician from Haryana turned hostile over the years which resulted in the acquittal of all those that were accused. 

Here's the trailer of the film.



Venod Sharma-the leader of Congress Party from Haryana allegedly paid bribes to win over key witnesses. Ok so I know that a lot of us look at this case and can't help but think that the Indian judicial system has become a laughing stock. A lot of us wonder what is wrong with those people who retracted their statement despite knowing the truth behind what happened in this case. I know I definitely thought to myself what is wrong with those people for not testifying against what they know is wrong.

My question is that how many of us if put in the same position would have testified? If you were there that night in the club and saw exactly what happened and witnessed the murder of Jessica Lal, then would you step up and go out of your way to put her murderer behind bars? Or would you worry about yourself, your wife/husband, kids, parents, family, friends etc and what harm might be done to them if you testify against a politician's son? Would you worry about the consequences or would you want justice to be served? God forbid any of us were put in such a situation where we were the victim's family then I know we'd want people to speak up and come forward and we'd do anything to put the wrongdoer behind bars but what would you do if you were one of the witnesses in this case, or for that matter a similar scenario where a murderer or rapist may be involved?

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Posted: 06 January 2011 at 9:03am | IP Logged
"My question is that how many of us if put in the same position would have testified? "

Awesome topic, dia :D

Well, look at it this way. I wouldn't have put my life or my family's life at jeopardy for the sake of jessica lal.

On the other hand, it would be AWFUL to be in the shoes of Jessica's Family. Having so many witnesses, 100% of em all not testifying. :(

But then again, that's life, you can't burn yourself for the sake of other people, or for justice, although if you did, I would find oyu very noble :)

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Posted: 06 January 2011 at 9:15am | IP Logged
I think I would. and I'm not trying to be noble or some sort of a mahatma. I don't think my conscious would let me rest peacefully, knowing that a murderer got away scot-free and that could have been prevented had I opened my mouth. it comes with a lot of risk and danger but I think that'd be easier to endure than a guilty conscious. 




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Posted: 06 January 2011 at 9:27am | IP Logged
Originally posted by old-black-joe

"My question is that how many of us if put in the same position would have testified? "

Awesome topic, dia :D

Well, look at it this way. I wouldn't have put my life or my family's life at jeopardy for the sake of jessica lal.

On the other hand, it would be AWFUL to be in the shoes of Jessica's Family. Having so many witnesses, 100% of em all not testifying. :(

But then again, that's life, you can't burn yourself for the sake of other people, or for justice, although if you did, I would find oyu very noble :)

Thanks Joe. :)

It just makes you think that if we were in their shoes then we'd be ready to do almost anything to get justice but the harsh reality of it all is that not many people would come forward and risk everything in the name of justice.

If i'm honest, then I'm not sure what I'd do. I honestly wouldn't be able to live with the guilt but i'm not sure if the guilt of letting a murderer walk the streets freely is greater than the guilt of testifying and then watching your family or friends suffer because of you. 
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Posted: 06 January 2011 at 9:27am | IP Logged
Originally posted by CZ..

I think I would. and I'm not trying to be noble or some sort of a mahatma. I don't think my conscious would let me rest peacefully, knowing that a murderer got away scot-free and that could have been prevented had I opened my mouth. it comes with a lot of risk and danger but I think that'd be easier to endure than a guilty conscious. 




what if the thugs ended up killing you, would you be happy at the end? (not a rhetoric btw LOL)
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Posted: 06 January 2011 at 9:31am | IP Logged
Originally posted by old-black-joe

Originally posted by CZ..

I think I would. and I'm not trying to be noble or some sort of a mahatma. I don't think my conscious would let me rest peacefully, knowing that a murderer got away scot-free and that could have been prevented had I opened my mouth. it comes with a lot of risk and danger but I think that'd be easier to endure than a guilty conscious. 




what if the thugs ended up killing you, would you be happy at the end? (not a rhetoric btw LOL)

then my soul would haunt those pricks for the rest of their lives and they would die the most gruesome death. 


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I'm with Neetz on this one. I would be someone who would definitely testify. It honestly is not about nobility or doing the right thing really at all. It is more of something I would have to do for myself. I simply would find it impossible to live with the guilt. My life would be personal hell if I was part of such a big cover up, and denied someone justice. Almost like the blood is on my hands too. I'd be depressed for eternity.

 

Yes there would be depression and guilt if my family were harmed in the process. Its really a no win situation. However, I figure its easier to live with the consequences of doing the right thing than live with the guilt of doing the wrong thing.  In one situation I only have the guilt of causing harm to my family, in another I have someone's blood on my hands and the guilt of letting a criminal walk free and the burden of knowing that anyone else harmed by the criminal is partly on me.

 

Of course this is hypothetical, who knows maybe if I face the situation in real life I would turn to be the world's biggest wuss. I keep convincing myself mentally though – I would never let Benson and Stabler down. What would Olivia Benson do, that will always be my question.

 

Anyway, this case is a clear illustration of how broken our justice system in India is.

 

Although social networking has changed this scenario. Imagine Jessica Lal being killed point blank in a crowded room today. Ten seconds later on Twitter and Facebook – OMFG! Just saw X shoot Y in the head. One minute later on youtube – Psycho killer at party. 24 hours later, 5 million views, broadcast on CNN, BBC and all major global news networks.

 

Now our justice system maybe broken – but I want to see our corrupt system take on Twitter, Facebook and Youtube someday.  Although knowing India, they just might find a way – I'd be curious to know how though.

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Posted: 06 January 2011 at 9:37am | IP Logged
Originally posted by CZ..

I think I would. and I'm not trying to be noble or some sort of a mahatma. I don't think my conscious would let me rest peacefully, knowing that a murderer got away scot-free and that could have been prevented had I opened my mouth. it comes with a lot of risk and danger but I think that'd be easier to endure than a guilty conscious. 


I respect your views and I'm glad that there are still people out there who would open their mouth and speak the truth if need be.

But say the woman that witnessed this incident was a woman in her late 20's that had been married for 3 years and has a new born baby. Would you still encourage her to testify even if it means her kid may have to grow up without their mother?


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