"Whither Justice?" (Magazine, September 4) put the nation's conscience in the dock. The holocaust of 1984 against the Sikhs still haunts the country. Our justice delivery system has miserably failed the Sikhs.
Apropos Shelley Walia's article "Whither justice?", it is true that such a crime against humanity should not go unpunished. But, not only has the search for justice by the victims and survivors beenunending, but the perpetrators have also been protected by State machinery. This is why India is prone to pogroms and communal riots; the offenders have been sure of the means of getting away with crime. I agree with Mr. Walia that the people of India also share the responsibility of this failure by "not reacting meaningfully to uncivilised acts of barbarism" be it the 1984 riots, Godhra or others.
After 21 years and many commissions, those affected by the anti-Sikh riots in Delhi are still crying for justice. Even if Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar, who are alleged to have a hand in organising the riots are sent for trial, the ends of justice would not have been met. After all, it was mass hysteria that engulfed the city with the police unable to control the riots. The least we can do is to compensate the victims and each family provided with at least one job for the loss of the breadwinner.
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