George Floyd Judgment: India Still Awaits Justice for Cops’ Crimes – By Dr NC Asthana
… Derek Chauvin, a white police officer formerly with the Minneapolis police department, USA was sentenced to 22.5 years in prison for the murder of George Floyd, a 46-year old black citizen…. What is most remarkable and which indeed bears eloquent testimony to the deeply ingrained values of liberty and fair play in the USA is the speedy delivery of justice….
In India, the police and the State habitually defend the indefensible because here the ‘system’ works on an unstated principle that the State can do no wrong. Moreover, it maintains that admitting the mistake of the State or its employees would make the State lose its moral authority to ‘rule’ over its citizens.
In one of the most ghastly incidents of mass murder of Muslims by the police, 19 men of the UP Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) were charged with having picked up 42 to 45 Muslim men, both young and old, from Hashimpura in May 1987 as a communal riot was underway there…. In 2015, the accused were surprisingly acquitted by the trial court…. The investigation of this case is a powerful illustration of how criminal a complicit State could be when it came to persecuting the minorities….