It wants us all to show a little mercy, hard as that might be
In our country inefficiency, corruption and political pandering are as common as dirt. But somehow the Supreme Court of India remains as a beacon of justice in many an Indian heart.
But our relationship was strained when the SC commuted the death penalty in the Priyadarshini Mattoo case.
A quick recap Ã¢Â€Â“ Priyadarshini Mattoo was brutally raped and murdered in 1996 by Santosh Kumar Singh. The Delhi High Court awarded him the death sentence and he appealed against it, successfully it would seem, in the Supreme Court.
The public outcry has been one of disbelief. Mostly the opinion goes on along the lines of Ã¢Â€Â“ it is very obvious he needs to hang. But the Supreme Court chose mercy over vindication.
While it is unwise to question a body as august as the Supreme Court of India the doubt still tends to nag Ã¢Â€Â“ if the killer, whose guilt was undeniably proven, had any sense of repentance he would not have dragged this case all the way to the Supreme Court. Has not his life already had a 14-year extension in the meanwhile?
In the end, only one thing is unquestionable - there will never be any peace for the murdered victim or her family who were not shown any mercy by a cold-blooded killer.