After what seems like an eternity, the Delhi High Court convicted Manu Sharma for the murder of Jessica Lal. Though the murder took place in 1999, it has taken seven years to announce this verdict, after witnessing a series of events that would put even a Bollywood masala flick to shame.
Seeing these events unfold, it is abundantly clear that the police and our judicial system have a long way to go before any actual punishment can be meted out to the wrongdoers. What is even more worrying is the time taken to announce all these verdicts, especially where the accused is a high profile person. In several cases, this person has had a chance to re-establish his reputation to an extent where public opinion has actually turned in his favour. This new public persona of the accused then forces the law agencies on the back foot, with dharnas, morchas and signature campaigns on his behalf.