Justice for all
Justice for all
Apropos of the editorial “Bharti Legal” (FE, November 28), Sunil Mittal of Bharti Enterprises has launched an initiative for first-time offenders, called Nyaya Bharti. For this, Mittal deserves all the praise, not only for launching this initiative but also for pledging R5 crore from his personal salary towards this cause. Though from time to time, the Supreme Court has come to the rescue of under-trials in India in response to public interest litigations, nothing concrete has been done to tackle this problem. Some of the large law firms are also supporting this initiative and one can hope that more corporates will join this initiative to support it financially. The plight of some of the under-trials is pathetic. Some of them are granted bail by the courts but they are not in a position to furnish the bond, sometimes which is not even a large amount, to secure the bail. Sometimes it also happens that many of them stay in prison for a duration which is longer than the maximum sentence which they could have been awarded, if found guilty by the court. Yet they continue to languish in jail for they don’t have resources to pursue their case. When a staggering 68% of your total prisoner population is of under-trials, far more efforts are needed on sustained basis to take on this problem, especially by the state. Related to this problem is the pathetic condition of our jails, which are overcrowded and continue to be governed by manuals which were written in the pre-Independence era. Successive governments have come and gone but nothing concrete has been done to reform our jails. It is time that we include this issue in our national agenda. The preamble of our Constitution promises justice for all citizens. It’s time we, as a state, deliver. Let there be “Nyaya (justice)” for every “Bharatiya (Indian)”.
HP Srivastava, Pune
Apropos of your edit “Facebook philanthropy”, while the donation and setting up of the charity as limited liability company gives the Chan-Zuckerberg household a lot of leeway in terms of avoiding taxes and a greater degree of control on the charity venture’s agenda, it has to be understood that the taxes avoided in this fashion themselves constitute a charity given to the government as these are needless, baseless taxes. Aren’t enough taxes paid on the holdings already?
Prahlad Bhasin, Mumbai
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