Yesterday , in his letter to the Chief Ministers of States , Union Home Minister , Shushil Kumar Shinde wrote ,
“ I request you that no innocent person of the Minority community is unduly detained… Government has to ensure that no innocent person is subjected to undue harassment “
Did he mean ,
“ You may continue to unduly detain an innocent person , if he belongs to the Majority community “ ?
Or that ,
“ It is alright to ‘duly‘ harass , a guilty person – whatever his community “ ?
Of course , not !
And please , do not confuse “ Minority “ with “ Muslims “ !
That would offend , Christians , Sikhs , Buddhists and Jains . Even they don’t like to be detained “ unduly “ , if innocent .
( But go ahead and detain them duly – even if innocent ! )
Now remember , Shindeji has no problem with States unduly detaining “ Guilty “ persons – whether belonging to Minority or to the Majority !
But the States are saying ,
“ Shindeji , when we detain a person , we don’t know whether he is guilty or innocent . We only suspect and collect evidence . Then it is the court which decides whether a person is guilty or innocent . Now , what can we do if courts take 20 / 30 years to decide ? “
Considering that it will take 300 years for the Indian Courts to dispose off all the pending cases , it would have been better if Shindeji has announced setting-up of 10 ,000 new , fast-track courts. Of course , before 2014 elections !
Then , Chief Ministers would not write back , demanding definitions of
Ø Majority or Minority ( can CM decide ? )
Ø Duly or Unduly harassed ( Can Police Chief decide ? )
Ø Guilty or Innocent ( Can arresting officer decide ? )
· hemen parekh ( 01, Oct 2013 )