The news channels are busy . Salman Khan of bollywood fame has been sentenced to spend some time in prison for hunting black bucks in 1998 that is 20 years ago. It has taken our justice system 20 years to pronounce a sentence which anyway can be appealed in a higher court . How many more years before Salman is either acquitted or punished ?
The black buck is dead and gone. Probably a few of the actors in the original drama in 1998 have also left for their heavenly abode. Meanwhile our public prosecutors and defending lawyers for the accused as well as the judges have spent maybe many hundreds or even thousands of hours of their valuable time on this case, while the backlog of court cases keeps increasing. Is it any wonder that a section of society prefer Khap panchayats?