When armed men attacked a village in India, killing 58 people when they were agitating for higher wages, it led to a lifelong nightmare for Binod Paswan. The Indian judicial system is overburdened and ineffective, with more than 50 million pending cases and not enough judges to handle the workload. The system is mired in bureaucracy, delays, and archaic rules, causing problems for both criminal and civil cases. Even the Supreme Court, seen as a last resort for justice, is bogged down and often favors the government. The government itself is the biggest litigant in India. Successive administrations have used the courts’ weaknesses as a political weapon. The glacial pace of India’s judiciary is evident in the story of a milkman accused of selling adulterated products and a lawyer who overcharged. This slow pace also affects more serious cases, like a fire at a movie theater that claimed many lives. Despite the efforts of activists and victims, perpetrators often escape justice due to the long-drawn legal process. The system’s inefficiency provides a constant reminder of the injustice perpetrated against the disenfranchised in India.
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