May 2004 News

System Failed To Check Criminal Offences In J&K, 75.000 Cases Pending

2 May 2004
The Times of India

Jammu: Stating that present system has failed, in tackling criminal offences effectively, retired judge of Supreme Court of India Justice R P Sethi has advocated a separate investigation department to attain better results. The retired Judge was speaking at a function organized by the Criminologist Society of Jammu and Kashmir on the topic 'Failure of criminal justice Administrative System in Jammu and Kashmir its reasons and remedies'. Justice Sethi said that due to the inefficiency of the system 75,000 criminal cases are pending in different subordinate courts in Jammu and Kashmir state. He held defective system of investigation responsible for the delay in justice. He also asserted that prosecution has become incompetent and prosecutors are appointed contrary to the law and norms. He suggested that appointment of prosecutors shall be done through a comparative examination conducted by the BAR. Sethi also called for organizing awareness programmes, seminars, discussions and debates to educate those interested in investigation. He called for constituting law committee of experts in the state to ensure better results and said that existing system should be repealed by adopting new one. Saying that Indian system of justice is anti -poor and pro- rich, would alleged that some of the judges are responsible for delay. He revealed that poor people can not fight against injustice for long and said that present system in country force people to surrender. Asserting that people fear of humiliation in the hands of law enforcing agencies about 45 percent of criminal cases go un- reported in the country while several FIRs are not registered. He said that system in not worried about the rise in crime rate that is why crime rate is on rise. Elaborating on the criminal offenses across the country, Justice Sethi mentioned that after every five minutes a riot takes place, in 14 minutes a robbery, in 15 minutes a murder, in 52 minutes a rape, in one hour a molestation and in 51 minutes an case of eve teasing took place. Speaking on the occasion Rameshwar Singh Jamwal president of the society said that in Jammu and Kashmir system has totally failed to do justice with the people that is why very few culprits are convicted. He said that people are loosing their faith in judiciary and they have no assurance and security in the state. Others who spoke on the occasion included Inspector General of Police P L Gupta who was special guest on the occasion. Retired judge of High Court of Jammu and Kashmir G.D Sharma was also present on the occasion.


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