Psychosis of the Pending Republic

The anger reflects the psychosis of the pending republic — a circumstance where people perennially find promises of governance stranded between decisions and implementation.

Prevention and detection are daunted by boots on the beat. The police-population ratio is well below global norms — — out of the sanctioned 23.79 lakh police posts, over 5.28 lakh, that is one in five, is vacant.

The Law Commission in 2003 and 2008 urged the setting up of fast track courts. In 2005, the government had set a target of 1,800 fast track courts. In June 2019, there were 581 fast track courts.

Uttar Pradesh tops the list with over 75.52 lakh cases pending, including 92,587 in Unnao, in its subordinate courts. The cost of delays is manifest in the tragic death of the rape victim from Unnao, who succumbed to injuries after she was assaulted and set on fire.

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Shankkar Aiyar

Shankkar Aiyar

Journalist-Analyst. Author of ‘Accidental India’ and Áadhar: A Biometric History. Studying how the market for politics rules the economics of people!