We all are familiar with stories of cases being dragged for years and years before the judgement is delivered. The most important benefactors of the delayed justice system of India are the guilty itself. Too often, the guilty rely on the slow judicial process that ensures they are not punished for a long long time. So why and where does Indian Judiciary lacks? What are the numbers that need immediate attention?
The much celebrated Judiciary of India, however, lacks the reach and scale to serve all the people of India. Take, for instance, India right now has 17 Judges per a million people. This number is crucial and needs to be higher for speedy trials and judgements. This low number is precisely the reason why cases drag for years and years before the judgement is delivered. As the saying goes “Justice delayed is Justice denied”. The same number is 107 in the United States, 75 in Canada, and 42 in Australia.
Nepotism and corruption in Judiciary?
Despite various governmental reports suggesting to increase this number to 50 per million, little has been done on that front. The number of vacancies in various levels of judiciary mounts to 4,403 in subordinate courts_ and the number of backlogged cases sums up to 3 crores. There seems to be something murky in the recruitment of judges also. Many of the people who are selected from various exams turn out to be sons and daughters of existing judges. Corruption and nepotism seem to have wrecked havoc in the Judiciary. It is only the Judiciary which could purge itself of these anomalies.
Importance of Indian Judiciary
The Indian Judiciary has been at the forefront of bringing about change in society, its landmark judgements are the testimonial to that. The Judiciary is one of the most important pillars of Democracy, keeps alive the rule of law and maintains a fine balance by checking the excesses made by the legislature and the executive. Any Indian can directly seek recourse from the supreme court if and when his/her fundamental right is violated.
The Logical Indian appeals to the government and the judiciary to address the issue with urgency, speedy judicial recourse is paramount in maintaining the rule of law.
Retiring after spending 32 years in the Indian Army, Col Chris Rego is helping change the destinies of hundreds of children in conflict-affected North East India through his “White Bullets” initiative. With this initiative, he hopes to bring peace and progress to communities across North East India.
Luminouswanted to bring out the Colonel’s story to the world to inspire and motivate others as it believes that education is a strong tool to empower women. It is supporting Col Rego’s cause through an initiative called #Luminaries – the brave people who stand up for causes like girl child education and make a difference in the society.
Col Rego’s journey started over a decade ago in Manipur when a tribal woman knocked on his door pleading for support for her daughter’s education. Touched by the woman’s story, Col Rego and his wife delved into their savings and arranged for the money for the girl’s education. Two years down the line, the woman returned, this time with a small pumpkin and a shawl that she had knitted, and all the money she had borrowed. Moved and realizing that their money could make lives rather than earn paltry interest, Col and Mrs. Rego embarked on a journey to arrange for sponsorship of many more underprivileged children.
Retiring from the Army, Col Rego took over as CEO of Sunbird Trust, a not-for-profit organization which he founded in 2014. The Trust now sponsor over 1,000 children in 21 locations acrossNorth East India. The centre of Sunbird Trust’s activities is at beautiful Ijeirong, Manipur.
Recognizing Col Chris’s immense work, Luminousacknowledged him as their first Luminary. Through this, they hope to bring more power to his elbow in the notable work he is doing. The Luminousteam travelled to remote Ijeirong village and installed solar products. These solar products will help in providing power to the entire campus 24/7 for the very first time.
The Logical Indian salutes Col Christopher Rego for his untiring efforts and leadership. His efforts are already having a cascading effect on people from across India joining the “White Bullets” endeavour. Quite amazingly, education, in itself so empowering, is merely a means to PEACE. We hope the path illuminated by #Luminary Col Rego and his Sunbird Trust team acts as a beacon for others to follow.
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