Shaking the Foundations of Criminal Justice - the Jessica Disaster
9 Pages Posted: 21 Oct 2006
Date Written: October 20, 2006
The Jessica Lal Trial has been the latest fallout in the Criminal Justice Domain in India where the nation witnessed the acquittal of all the accused by the Trial Court. The case assumed importance in light of the fact that the deceased was a model by profession and the accused were men of power. The gradual collapse of the entire edifice of Jessica Lal was evident from investigative lapses, hostile witnesses, lousy prosecution and judicial inaction. The case is now in appeal before the High Court but the question remains of the efficacy of the system in delivering justice to victims. The article analyses the trial in particular and highlights the areas of concern for criminal justice system.
Keywords: Criminal Justice, Police, Prosecution, Hostile Witness
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