Who says there is no hope for justice in Gujarat for the 2002 riot affected ?

The PTI reports:

Eight persons were sentenced to life while three others were awarded three years imprisonment by a Godhra sessions court in the 2002 Eral massacre case that left seven people dead in the aftermath of the Godhra riots. However, 29 people were acquitted in the case. The massacre took place on March 3, 2002 when assailants targeted villages, including Eral in the interior of Panchmahal district in Central Gujarat following the Godhra riots.

The convictions in Godhra come in the wake of a raging debate on the 2002 riots in light of a hyped up television sting by a dubious outfit in Tehelka.

In criticising this blog some muslim brethren have lamented the inordinate delay in justice delivery.

Offstumped puts the speed of justice delivery into perspective here.

 The first convictions in the 1993 Mumbai Blasts came this year afer nearly 14 years.

As far as memory serves the first convictions in the 1984 anti-sikh riots (Offstumped would like to be corrected if anyone can point to convictions in the 1984 riots) came in 1997, after a full 13 years. Also there were no life sentences, in fact the maximum sentence handed in this first case was just 5 years.

The Bhagalpur riots which saw about 1100 to 1800 deaths in 1989, mostly muslim, had the first convictions only in 2007 after a full 18 years.

The relative speed of convictions in Gujarat should come as no surprise for Chief Minister Narendra Modi has a couple of innovations to his credit in the form of e-courts and evening courts.

Offstumped Bottomline: Handing the first convictions for the 2002 riot affected, the Godhra Sessions Court has answered those who were doubting the quality and speed of justice delivery in Gujarat. If the BJP Government took flak for “alleged” denial of justice, by the same token it deserves credit for “actual” delivery of justice.


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