Lowering dignity of our constitutional institutions unfortunately no one wants to correct it.


‘There is sheer corruption in our system and our accountable public functionaries are well apprised with this fact. When the government functionaries commit wrong , then in order to conceal the wrongdoings ,they want to justify their illegal and unjustified stand on flimsy ground and by going down the moral standard. Why do they exceed the boundary line ? In court cases, all the functions are performed by the readers of the judges and Judges overlook or takes negligently the court proceedings. Independence judiciary means overlook the plea of poor and downtrodden section . Where is independence of judiciary ,when A.C.J.M. runs on phones of C.J.M. and District judge by leaving the court function.

Mediation’ for rape?

Sonam Mittal – Jhatkaa info@jhatkaa.org via server8839.e-activist.com 

Jun 26 (2 days ago)

to me
“He put drugs in my cool drink and raped me. When I became pregnant, he threatened me, told me to have an abortion. Why should I marry that man?” –  rape survivor, Manju (name changed)1
Mahesh Pratap Singh, this is outrageous — a convicted rapist has been released on bail by the Madras High Court to  “settle” the matter of his rape with the victim by ‘mediation’. Justice Devadass not only granted bail to the rapist, he did it so that the rapist can “participate in the (settlement) as a free man and vent his feelings”.

Not only does this cause further trauma to the victim, Manju, who said that she didn’t want to see him, talk to him or marry him, it also sends the message that a crime as heinous as sexual violence can be made alright through conversation.

What’s horrifying is that this is not the first time Justice Devadass has passed such a  judgement. In February 2015, he released a convicted rapist on bail after he agreed to marry his victim in order to settle the matter! This in his opinion was a ‘happy conclusion’.
Mahesh Pratap Singh, his judgements show clearly that he is not fit to make legal decisions on cases related to sexual violence. We need to tell the Madras High Court Chief Justice, who has the power to ensure that Justice Devadass is removed from his position to handle sexual assault cases, that our courts are made to uphold the rights of sexual assault victims — NOT marry rapists off to their victims or give bail to those who are found guilty of sexual violence!

Several journalists and women’s rights group have raised concerns on this judgement. We need to keep this pressure so that timely action can be taken. Once we receive 5000 signatures, we will deliver our voices straight to Chief Justice of Madras High Court, Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul. 

Thanks for taking action,
Sonam and the Jhatkaa.org team
PS: In 2013, when Judge Virender Bhatt of a Delhi Court had made sexist comments while giving judgement on a rape case, Jhatkaa members like you got together and we ensured that he was given gender sensitisation training. If we take swift action against P Devadass, we can assert that a judge is supposed to deliver justice to rape victims and not make them ‘settle’ the matter with their rapists.Please click here to take action. 

Sources:
1. Dear Madras HC Judge, Survivor doesn’t even want to see her rapists face, The News Minute, 25 June 

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4 comments on Lowering dignity of our constitutional institutions unfortunately no one wants to correct it.

  1. “He put drugs in my cool drink and raped me. When I became pregnant, he threatened me, told me to have an abortion. Why should I marry that man?” – rape survivor, Manju (name changed)1
    Mahesh Pratap Singh, this is outrageous — a convicted rapist has been released on bail by the Madras High Court to “settle” the matter of his rape with the victim by ‘mediation’. Justice Devadass not only granted bail to the rapist, he did it so that the rapist can “participate in the (settlement) as a free man and vent his feelings”.

  2. Undoubtedly corruption originated from the greed of corrupt public functionaries have made our life hell. Numerous reformists are facing trials as consequence of hatched conspiracy by corrupt public functionaries.. Every public place is contaminated in this democratic republic.

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