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Reader Writes : Succumbing to Mob Justice

As I see the jubilant faces of the mob celebrating the gunning down of the accused four in the Disha incident, it makes me wonder, is this what we have come to as a society where the Police resort to such forms of “justice”& we cheer them? the same Police who are supposed to be the upholders of law & order clearly flout them & bow down to popular opinion & mete out their own brand of justice. The same police who had the gall to ask the victims father inappropriate questions & made him jump through hoops in the name of “jurisdiction”, when he came to register a complaint? if the Police themselves circumvent the judiciary & serve as the judge, jury & executioner , it only points to their lack of faith in due process of law & the very system they serve. This begs us to ask a very important question, how broken is our current justice system that the police themselves didn’t have the patience to wait till the law take its own course? if so, how can we assure a common man/woman that he/she will be delivered justice (in other cases & instances) as our constitution intended it to? our cheering of such acts by the Police will also put us in a precarious position where our need for justice won’t be incumbent upon the integrity of the institutions put in place by our founding fathers but upon the whims & fancies of certain (police) personnel who might think they’re above the system that they serve there by leaving us to their mercy, mercy which can be easily manipulated with the right incentives . It’s also funny that the scythe of “justice” swings swiftly when the perpetrators are of a low social standing, wonder why the police never gunned down the affluent & the politicos who stand accused & in some instances guilty of similar crimes? (29% of our current members of parliament face rape charges)

To all the people celebrating that justice has been served, let me remind you that Justice is retribution carried out for the betterment of the society as a whole, Revenge is retribution carried out to make few people good and/or vindicated, so please don’t commit the mistake of confusing revenge for justice, they can never be the same. People might be under the assumption that such acts of “justice” following the precept of “Lex Talionis” or “The Law of Retribution” might bring down sexual assault incidents down but if you take a look at the statistics, you’ll see that in countries where such forms of justice is served, the percentage of rape incidents are only marginally lower (3.65%) when compared to India (4.4%) . what needs to done is a systemic over haul within both the public & private spheres. The government should commit to implement Justice Verma’s report in it’s entirety, fill up the vacancies in police & judicial department, setup fast track courts to expedite the cases concerning sexual assault & when it comes to the private sphere, children should be taught the meaning of consent right from their kindergarten days, awareness centers should be setup in schools & colleges & PLEASE stop encouraging movies where stalking & teasing of women is normalized & glorified (looking at you Ismart Shankar).

Let this whole ordeal be a grim reminder to all of us that we live in a desensitized society & that we should be asking ourselves everyday about how one should stay kind & adhere to tenets of basic decency & humanity in the face of relentless barrage of temptation, instant gratification, ignorance, self righteous indignation, hypocrisy & apathy.

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Focus on Cyberabad Commissioner Sajjanar for ‘instant justice’

Has Cyberabad Police Commissioner V.C. Sajjanar once again delivered ‘instant justice’ in a case of a heinous crime against women?

People on social media started discussing this after all the four accused in the brutal gang rape and murder of a young veterinarian were gunned down by the police early Friday near Shadnagar town, about 50 km from Hyderabad.

After the shocking crime on November 27, a section of people have been demanding Sajjanar to deliver justice as he had done in the past while serving as the Superintendent of Warangal district in undivided Andhra Pradesh.

It was on December 12, 2008 that the police had killed all three accused in an acid attack on two girl students in Warangal.

The official had then claimed that the accused S. Srinvas Rao, Potharaju Harikrishna and B. Sanjay were killed when they attacked policemen while trying to escape.

The incident had occurred near Mamnoor hillock, on the outskirts of Warangal, where they had reportedly hidden the material used to target the two engineering students.

Though police had claimed that it opened fire in self-defence, it was believed that it acted to quell the public outrage triggered by the crime.

The then Congress government headed by Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy had come under criticism for ensuring protection to women.

Human rights activists, however, had slammed the government and the police for ‘extra-judicial’ killing.

After the November 27 incident, Cyberabad Police had come under flak for its handling of a missing complaint lodged by the victim’s family, about two hours after the she spoke to her sister over phone stating that she was stranded near the Outer Ring Road and was frightened.

The victim’s family alleged that the police wasted a lot of time over jurisdiction issue and responded four hours later.

Three policemen were later suspended by Sajjanar. The Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of 1996 batch was supervising the investigations into the horrific crime. He had constituted various teams to probe the case.

Sajjanar, an official of the rank of Inspector General of Police, took over as the Commissioner of Cyberabad in March 2018.

One of the three commissionerates in Greater Hyderabad, Cyberabad covers the Information Technology hubs of Hitec City, Gachibowli and other key clusters on the outskirts of the city.

Sajjanar, who earlier held key positions in undivided Andhra Pradesh and subsequently in Telangana, was also believed to be instrumental in killing of Maoists in encounter.

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Samantha’s emotional tweet touches everyone


Several actresses turned out to be a soft target across social media and they are now extra cautious about their posts. Several celebrities are being trolled for silly reasons. Top actress Samantha Akkineni did not respond about the brutal rape and murder of Disha. The actress received a series of messages abusing her for not responding to the incident. Today, the four accused in Disha’s murder case have been encountered.

Samantha for the first time opened about the same. She penned an emotional message saying “I didn’t say anything about the incident when it happened because every message I received accusing me of not paying my condolences to the victims was a reminder of how little I have done to help the women in my society and one tweet wasn’t going to free me of that guilt”. Samantha reminded about the efforts she kept for women empowerment and one tweet on the incident will not free her of the guilt.

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Delhi police couldn’t do justice to Nirbhaya like Cyberabad police


The Nirbhaya rape and murder in Delhi shook the entire country but no justice has been done to her parents for the last seven years. The accused persons are being fed and given all facilities in jail. Nirbhaya parents reacted on the Cyberabad accused persons encounter in Disha rape and murder case. They said that justice is to Disha whose soul will now rest in peace. But they said that similar justice was not there for them for so many years.

Lot of promises were made on the hanging of the accused persons in Nirbhaya murder but nothing has materialised so far. The Nirbhaya parents have to sit in court and watch the rapists of their murder helplessly. All that agony and anguish will not be there for the Disha parents. Justice is served. Why couldn’t the Delhi police take similar action? In that case, the culprits were caught after many days of investigation. Here, Disha’s last telephone call to the main accused helped the police to arrest all the 4 accused within one day.

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is also getting lots of praise along with the police. He initially drew lot of criticism for not immediately condemning the rape and for not visiting the Disha parents house. But now, everybody is hailing KCR Cyberabad Commissioner of Police Sajjanar.

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Telangana police hailed for killing rape accused

The killing of all four accused in the brutal gang-rape and murder of a young veterinarian by the police in an ‘encounter’ early Friday was hailed by people who were demanding justice for the victim.

Large number of people who gathered close to the ‘encounter’ scene near Shadnagar town raised slogans hailing Telangana police and Cyberabad Police Commissioner V.C. Sajjanar.

Some of them said the police delivered “instant justice” by eliminating the perpetrators of the gruesome crime.

After committing the gang-rape at Shamshabad near Hyderabad on the night of November 27, the accused had dumped the body and set it afire at Chatanpally near Shadnagar, about 50 kms from Hyderabad.

The police gunned down all the four accused at the same place, where they were taken by the investigating officials to recreate the crime scene.

Shadnagar town had witnessed massive protest on November 30, a day after the accused were arrested. The protesters who had gathered outside the police station, had demanded that the accused be handed over to them so that they could be dealt with.

Police had a tough time in controlling the crowd and they had to bring the magistrate to the police station to send the accused to judicial custody.

The protesters had pelted stones when the police were shifting the accused to Cherlapally Jail in Hyderabad.

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All 4 accused in Hyderabad gang-rape, murder shot dead


A week after the brutal gang rape and murder of a young veterinarian in Hyderabad, police shot dead all the four accused in an alleged ‘encounter’ near Shadnagar town.

The accused were killed in the early hours of Friday when they allegedly snatched weapons from the police and tried to escape from the Chatanpally near Shadnagar, about 50 km from Hyderabad.

Police sources said they were gunned down at the same spot where the accused had dumped the victim’s body and set it afire on the night of November 27 after the gang rape near Shamshabad on the outskirts of Hyderabad.

The accused were taken to the spot by the Cyberabad police for reconstruction of the crime scene as part of the investigations.

The four accused killed in the encounter were identified as: lorry drivers Mohammed Arif (26) and Chintakunta Chennakeshavulu (20), and lorry cleaners Jollu Shiva (20) and Jollu Naveen (20). All hailed from the Narayanpet district of Telangana.

Cyberabad Police Commissioner V. C. Sajjanar and other senior officials rushed to the ‘encounter’ scene.

As the news of the ‘encounter’ spread, people gathered near the scene on the Hyderabad-Bengaluru national highway.

The four were arrested by the police on November 29 and the next day a court in Shadnagar had sent them to judicial custody for 14 days. They were subsequently shifted to Cherlapally Jail in Hyderabad.

A court on Wednesday had remanded the accused to police custody for seven days. The police believed to have taken them into custody on Thursday. This was done secretly as police was anticipating law and order problem due to possible protest by people.

Massive protest was held outside Shadnagar police station on November 30 when the accused were about to be taken to court. Hundreds of people demanded that the accused be handed over to them. The magistrate had to be brought to the police station to send the accused into the custody.

The gruesome rape and murder had triggered nation-wide rage with demands for immediate death penalty to the perpetrators. There have been protests all over the country. Many demanded that the accused be hanged in public.

Speaking in the Parliament, some MPs even called for lynching the perpetrators of the horrific crime.

Telangana government on December 4 had set up a fast-track court in Mahabubnagar for speedy trial.

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