Friday, November 05, 2010

Rule of law in India:just a dream for Common People

I have experience that there is rarely any conviction in the case of bonded or forced labor. PVCHR has filed a case (Crime No. 114/2002 and case No. 1994/2007) in the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (VII), Varanasi against brick kiln owner Rajendra Tiwari under section 374 of Indian Penal Code and under Bonded Labor system (Abolition) Act, a resident of Belwa village under Phulpur police station in Varanasi district. It is ironic to know that Rajendra Tiwari, the person accused for bonded labor lodged a false case against me in the same court in 2007 under section 505 B Indian Penal Code having Crime No. 357/2007 and the court immediately framed charge against me in the same year. But the same Court has been failed to frame charge against the culprit Mr. Rajendra Tiwari in the case pending against him since 2002. It is also pathetic to learn that the no case against the said brick kiln owner was registered by the police under Scheduled Case and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 in the above mentioned bonded labour case but on the other hand a dalit activist associated with PVCHR has been implicated in the said case under 505B of IPC along with me.

In another false and fabricated case against our dalit rights activist, who is also a member of Governing Board of PVCHR was sent to the jail by the same court for not appearing in the court regularly. But the same court has been failed to take any strict initiative against Rajendra Tiwari for not appearing in the court for a long time. In such an environment of prejudiced mind of the court, it is practically impossible to convict the culprit/traffickers.
I, myself, am a member of District Vigilance Committee of Varanasi district. But it is totally defunct institution. No activities are carried out by the Vigilance Committee. Most of the time even no case of mine is taken in to the notice by the district vigilance committee and I become forced to file the case with the National Human Rights Commission. It is noticed that only at the time of visit of a member of NHRC, District Vigilance Committee holds its meeting.

By Dr. Lenin

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