CJI Sharad Arvind Bobde admits flaws in criminal justice system, but says ‘justice must never ever take the form of revenge’


Chief Justice of India Sharad Arvind Bobde has indirectly disapproved the Friday’s encounter of four gang-rape and murder accused in Hyderabad. Bobde, however, admitted that India’s criminal justice system was flawed.

Sharad Arvind Bobde

Speaking at an event, Bobde said, “Recent events in the country have sparked off the old debate with new vigour. There’s no doubt that the criminal justice system must reconsider its position, must reconsider its attitude towards time, towards laxity and towards the eventual time it takes to dispose of a criminal matter.”

He, however, went on to add that justice could never ben ‘instant.’ He added, “But I don’t think justice can ever be or ought to be instant. And justice must never ever take the form of revenge. I believe justice loses its character of justice if it becomes a revenge.”

His comments came soon after the police in Telangana gunned down four people accused of gang-raping and burning a veterinary doctor alive. Opinions have been sharply divided if killing all four accused in a police encounter was right to justify the broken justice system of India. Amidst the raging debate over the encounter of four gang-rape and murder accused in Hyderabad, another girl succumbed to injuries in Delhi after she was burnt by those who had raped her earlier this year. The father of the girl, who hailed from Unnao in Uttar Pradesh, demanded the Hyderabad-like punishment of the killers of his daughter.

The Unnao gang-rape victim was burnt on Thursday morning when she was on her way to catch a train to attend the hearing in her gang-rape case. The accused have been identified as Shivam Dwivedi, Hari Shankar Trivedi, Raj Kishore, Shubham Trivedi and Umesh Vajpayee.

Those supporting the encounter of four gang-rape and murder accused in Hyderabad argue that following the due process did not deliver justice to victims. They highlight the example of those responsible for raping and killing Nirbhaya seven years ago. The rapists and killers of Nirbhaya have yet to face gallows despite being given death sentences many years ago.


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