‘Verdicts Should Reform and Rehabilitate Convicts’

Published: 07th September 2014 06:19 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th September 2014 06:19 AM   |  A+A-

VISAKHAPATNAM:  The courts should deliver judgements, which reform and rehabilitate the convicts after serving their punishment rather than turning them into criminals for life, Supreme Court judge justice Sudhansu Jyothi Mukhopadhyaya has said. He strongly felt the need to give judgements that allow convicts to lead a normal life after serving his/her punishment, which is exactly needed in the present scenario to reduce crime rate.

Delivering a keynote lecture on ‘Dynamics of Criminal Law Justice System in India’ at Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University (DSNLU) here Saturday, justice Sudhansu advised students and advocates to go through the evidences completely in all aspects and take a socio-centric decision, keeping in consideration both the parties of a case.

“It is said that justice delayed is justice denied, but justice hurried is justice buried. So, there is a need to solve any kind of issue without harming the innocent even if it takes time. For this reason, it takes time for delivering judgements in several cases in the country.”

On the sudden spurt in rape cases occurring across the country, he explained that more cases were being registered only after the Nirbhaya Act came into existence as the Act expanded the definition of rape and increased awareness. He urged the parents to inculcate values in their sons towards women and wanted the advocates to prepare a case in such a way that criminals cannot take advantage of the law.

Chief justice of High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad for States of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta spoke about the changes in the criminal law justice system from the Mughal period to the present, but pointed out that the importance of evidence has not changed over the years. He also exhorted the students to develop social-responsibility in them.

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