Topic – challenges to internal security
6) Mob violence in India is an indicator of the dysfunctional criminal justice system. Comment.(250 words)
Why this question
India has witnessed a series of mob violence related incidents with the killing of the SHO in UP being the latest one. In this context it is essential to evaluate the inefficiencies of the criminal justice system in India and how it is related to mob violence.
Comment- here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.
Key demand of the question.
The question wants us to look into the mob violence related incidents in the country and bring out how they do/ don’t indicate the dysfunctional criminal justice system in India.
Structure of the answer
Introduction– write a few introductory lines about the spate of mob violence related incidents in India e.g a full-fledged SHO of Uttar Pradesh police, Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh, was shot dead, allegedly by a mob of cow vigilantes etc.
Discuss the various ills affecting the Indian criminal justice system and bring out their relationship to mob violence. E.g The fundamental link between crime and punishment, that is the foundation of the rule of law, has been broken in affected areas for a while now. Trials take decades. Conviction rates are abysmal. Witnesses turn hostile as a matter of routine with no adverse consequences. Forensic facilities are negligible. Prisons are overcrowded and more often than not, they serve as safe havens for well-connected gangsters to run their empires from; there simply aren’t enough policemen to police states;the belief cutting across party lines, that the police are simply the bounden servants of the government of the day. Their primarily role is not to serve the public or uphold the rule of law, but to further the cause of the ruling party and strike terror in the heart of its political opponents etc.
Conclusion- based on your discussion, form a fair and a balanced conclusion on the given issue