I feel personally vindicated and a certain sense of euphoria at the news of Manu Sharmas indictment..nine months and twenty seven days after the case was reopened.
A red letter day for civic activism.
Although I may amount to .0000000001 % of those who had done all within the ambit of their reach to ensure that the culprit is charged, whether it had to do with writing passionate, anger ridden posts, or sending sms’es by the hundreds, or then later providing moral support to the key witness Bina Ramani, this is as if a personal victory, since there was a certain section all too willing to pooh pooh , turn their nose up and voice disdain at the ‘wasteful attempts which will amount to nothing”..
For all those citizens to who justice is a fundamental essential for continuing to feel patriotic towards the country, as well as a response to a cry from the soul for a girl unjustifiably wronged, this is a matter of great elevation and appeasement. It is amazing the extent to which the conscience of an entire nation was stirred at the unfair acquittal of the culprit.
The anguish Jessicas family has faced is gut wrenching. Easily gaged by the fact that her mother developed cancer soon after Manu Sharmas acquittal and died six months later. ..soon after which Mr. Lall too chose death as his refuge rather than being witness to injustice and incongruity of laws . An entire family had perished in the quest for justice.
Sabrina lall, Jessicas sister is the sole member of the family, left to celebrate, if its possible, justice finally having been meted out to Jessica.
In an unprecedented first, the uproar from India at the open flagration of the system, has brought to its knees, craftiness of lawyers, and muscle power of Manu Sharmas family. Priyadarshini Mattoos case, where the rapist has been entenced to death, Jessica, and finally Nitish Kataras death, if that finally meets with justice as well, it will complete this triumvirate of cases which had caught the attention of India as those where punishment must be pronounced.
I shudder to envision the despondency of the people in general, had the verdict been in favour of Manu Sharma and the other accused. In contrast therefore the satisfaction of winning a war fought with passion and a sense of righteousness is as if doubled.
This is a victory for the people of India, the media in its most potent avatar so far, as much as the judiciary…there is hope..yet.:)
Update: As expected and commented to Dilip a while back, Manu Sharma has escaped the death penalty and gets a lifer.
Not just he but his accomplices as well have to serve out a jail term. A high profile Ministers son, content in the knowledge of his fathers power, had perhaps misjudged the mood of the public and tempted fate to receive a resounding slap that will teach him and his ilk that crime does not pay ..or that criminals will have to pay for their crimes!