Update 31st August’07: Salman Khan has been granted bail..finally after a week behind bars. This bodes well for the star.
For those like Maneka Gandhi, thirsting for blessed retribution, vengeful solace, this news of Salman Khan being sentenced and later jailed for poaching of a black buck , has provided good reason to avow that justice indeed does yet prevail in our land. In an interview on a news channel she made known her satisfaction at his sentencing by the High Court amply clear , if I may add with a certain sense of piquancy, while dismaying over the fact that he had been in fact let off too easily these past years. Whether her rant stemmed from being a Lover of animals or celebrity hater is confounding really.
Nevertheless, reactions to his original sentencing last year were recorded in the post reproduced below. At the time I had averred on a sentence like community service instead and ‘progressive justice’ as opposed to our outdated/outmoded laws where justice is connoted merely as requital instead of serving to indemnify.
It caused a hue and cry with certain sections of bloggers who were disquietened by the suggestion of an alternative form of justice ( read comments). Perhaps the idea was ahead of its times, I would like to think!
I felt a sense of quiet vindication when recently Kiran Bedi when asked for her reactions to the sentencing had much the same to say. .as also a wild life conservationist who is quoted as saying now “
..wildlife film-maker and conservationist Mike Pandey thought a long sentence might not really have an impact on bigger wildlife issues. “Instead of wasting five years behind bars, Salman should be given a chance to redeem himself by giving, say, 30% of his income towards animal welfare.”
Ole.. See, I have noble company. Getting him to languish in jail serves a deterrent at best, yet does nothing for the community of Bishnois . A more open minded, progressive sentence would have served justice better.
Original post April 2006:
So Yes, salman has been jailed or atleast sentenced for 5 years and 25k.The 105 page order was unprecedented and passed on a Monday. Intentionally I suppose , since Tuesday is a public holiday and he cannot apply for bail or appeal in the High Court, so had to spend these couple of days in the jail with 200 undertrial dreaded terrorists from kashmir and Punjab. His mother has reportedly been hospitalised on hearing the news.
The judge validifies the harshness with ‘exemplary action’ as excuse.
Not fair. Why was ’ Exemplary action’ not served on a rape convict Sunil More? Not only was his a heinous crime but he was a cop who has taken the oath of protecting citizens. Why was he let off with just 12 years? Even lesser than a life sentence!
The girl he raped was barely 17 or so. Which means that she would be 29 when he is a free man, and probably chased by him in retribution. Apart from the fact that her life has been ruined in totality.
It is a pity that the killing of a black buck finds witnesses ready to stand by their statement come hell or high water. But the murder of Nitish Katara fails to get a conviction for the accused supposedly for lack of witness substantiation.. How much more disgusting can this get? Having envisaged an eventuality of the kind had written about this a couple of months back.
We are therfore citizens of a country where animals are more revered than humans. Enlightening!
It seems fairly clear that while on the one hand the high profile tend to take seriousness of crime with a pinch of salt, on the other hand they are also those targetted as ’sitting ducks’ often enough.
Does justice always have to mean retribution?
Will it serve in saving the black buck as an endangered species? Should not Justice mean a combination of rectifying the wrong and punishment? Solution was at hand,if only they paused to look.
Reformatory justice makes more sense . Especially in this case. The buck is a dying species..one more is dead. Salman is guilty. Would not it make more sense to punish Salman in a way that it simultaneouly furthers the cause of perpetuating the species, instead of sentencing him and the problem of the buck remains where it is. Except for the fact that at most it will be a deterrent for future killings.
Salmans good offices and finances could have been utilised for projects and schemes to create an environment to breed more of these. Now that would have been progressive and reformatory.
The Bishnois, a people who worship the black buck, need to be applauded for their unwavering stand, also need to be chided for their near sightedness in the issue.
Though they must be gloating over the judgement and feeling vindicated, It would have made more sense had they utilised this opportunity to perpetuate the species so revered..Seeing Salman serve a sentence is not going to get a buck back but had they asked the judiciary to intervene to formalise a project and made Salman responsible.. it would have served both The Buck and Justice….
The sentence as it stands today..Silly and immature. In the High Court, Salman will probably succeed in getting a stay and finally a reprieve in the sentence as well. So this transient victory will ventually be meaningless for the Bishnois, or so it seems.
Was this also an eye wash, in absence of which the Bishnois would have probably thirsted for revenge on the lawyer and judge involved?
Just my .002 $
Salman Khans bail plea has been deferred to Wednesday 29th August’07 .