Can Chief Justice of India emulate his Pakistani counterpart in showing empathy to Najeeb’s mother?


A video of Chief Justice of Pakistan stopping his cavalcade to empathise with a grieving mother, whose son was killed in an alleged police encounter in 2008, has gone viral.
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Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nasir and Justice Ijazul Hasan were on their way to Jinnah Hospital in Lahore, where family members of the victim surrounded his motorcade demanding justice for the murdered son, reported Pakistan’s Express Tribune newspaper.

Justice Nisar stopped his convoy and stepped out of the vehicle to speak to the wailing mother. Sughran Bibi, who had lost her son Zulfikar in an alleged fake encounter in 2008, told the Chief Justice of Pakistan, “I have been standing outside the court since morning to meet you. Only you can give me justice.”

Justice Nisar immediately asked the family to come and see him at 11 AM on Sunday (today). When told that the court staff may not allow the family an access to the Chief Justice, he immediately directed his staff to fix a hearing at 11 AM at the Supreme Court registr.

The video is a lesson to the Indian judiciary, whose role has come under immense scrutiny for the lack of empathy in similar situations. JNU student Najeeb has been missing since October 2016. Her mother has been knocking at everyone’s doors but the justice has eluded the family.
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In November 2016, Najeeb’s mother was mercilessly grabbed by the cops in Delhi before being prevented from staging a peaceful protest in India’s national capital.

Hope the video of Chief Justice of Pakistan inspires CJI Dipak Misra to provide the much-needed relief to at least one family. In the event of government agencies showing no signs of seriousness in tracing Najeeb, his mother’s last hope lies with the judiciary.


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