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Kangaroo Courts Working

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  11 April 2015 12:00 AM GMT

The collective lynching of a crimil and a habitual molester of women of mtola in Sivasagar district constitutes a dangerous portent of kangaroo courts taking over the responsibility of administering justice. According to reports, Moi Suri, who was a known crimil involved in different crimes including cattle lifting, was in the habit of knocking at the doors of people’s homes late at night and molesting women. He had even acquired the notoriety of being a ‘rapist’. On Wednesday night, armed with a khukri, he had banged on the door of someone’s house in Gula Lane in mtola. The householder opened the door and grappled with Moi Suri for some time. When the khukri fell from his hand, the householder raised a hue and cry. Neighbours ran to his rescue, tied up Moi Suri and lynched him till he died. This is similar in part to what had happened to a rapist in Dimapur recently. A mob had freed an alleged rapist from prison and lynched him. Later on, there were reports that the victim had not really committed rape. The points that need to be made are: (1) No matter what happens, we cannot allow kangaroo courts to take the law in their own hands and escape pel action because no one will normally say who actually did the killing. (2) This alarming tendency of people taking the law in their own hands is becoming a common practice and is likely to gain momentum largely because of the law’s delay in our country. People are not willing to wait indefinitely for justice to be delivered in a dispensation where even a crimil case can drag on for 10 or 12 years.

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