People's Courts Are The Need Of The Hour In India

People's Courts Are The Need Of The Hour In India
People’s Courts are the need of the hour

The outrageous and illegal arrest of Disha Ravi, Dr Kafeel Khan, Safoora Zargar and many others – including Indian media persons who legitimately exercised their Constitutional democratic right of freedom of speech and expression and criticised the government – makes it incumbent on the people of the country to set up People’s Courts.

These dastardly, fascist acts are done shamelessly by the police, on the instructions of their political masters, with impunity. And they are done with the Indian judiciary, those much vaunted 'Custodians of the Constitution’ and ‘Guardians of the Rights of the People,’ usually turning a Nelson’s eye on them, and behaving like Bheeshma Pitamah who saw the disgraceful,public disrobing of Draupadi, but did nothing (see my article).

These People’s Courts will not be set up by Parliament or the state legislatures, but by the people themselves, using their creativity. They must try policemen who authorise and carry out these illegal arrests and detentions, as well as their political masters who gave them such orders, and then award them harsh punishment, to be executed in the manner that the people themselves decide.

There is no other way to stop these brazen official atrocities and illegalities.

Markandey Katju is a former judge of the Supreme Court of India. He was also the Chairman of the Press Council of India.