Writing for the New Indian Express, Shankkar Aiyar deconstructs India's reaction to the extrajudicial execution of the four accused in the rape and murder of a young women in Hyderabad. Excerpts:
"The broken criminal justice system has left reason in no man’s land and has triggered an urge among citizens to redefine what is right. The public applause for the extrajudicial executions represents frustration of private individuals about persistent public failure. The anger reflects the psychosis of the pending republic — a circumstance where people perennially find promises of governance stranded between decisions and implementation."
He argues how India's flailing criminal justice system could undermine the rule of law:
"The aspiration for rule of law is being failed by a system that is flailing. In the seminal tome Leviathan, Thomas Hobbes says the law is public conscience — an essential of the social contract to ensure order, or else “no man dare to obey the sovereign power farther than it shall seem good in his own eyes.” Rule of law is sine qua non for any democracy. A failing system is an invitation to vigilantism. Worse, it could engender what Hobbes called war of everyone against everyone."
Read the full article here.