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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Reading about our faltering legal system got me asking how we've survived as a functioning society so far. In most cases, people in India take recourse to the legal system when in a complete state of helplessness or for lack of viable options.

It's just appalling. Either a society such as this mends its ways or we let ourselves decay slowly until the justice system is left totally emasculated, de-fanged and anarchy is the order of the day (an oxymoron if there ever was one)

In my limited understanding of the matter, I think we need to do away with the system of appeals or make it extremely strict, where the most genuine of genuine cases trickle through. And we have strict timelines for cases, based on the type of case.

This is when we can have some hope of recovery but this is just idealistic thinking. What will probably happen is that the current system will collapse under the weight of its own incompetence after which we will be forced to re-think and re-implement our legal system. Either way, we know the status quo isn't meant to last.

The troubling question is, will the transition be easy or very hard?

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