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    Do you think this is a correct practice?

    Many disputes will be arising around and some innocent people may be suffering. So there are courts and there are qualified judges and lawyers who argue and see that innocent people will not get punished. To become a lawyer or Judge some qualifications and experience is required.

    But in many villages, people will never go to court. The practice in those places will be to approach the village heads. They hear the versions of the two parties and discuss among themselves and deiced who is at fault.

    These heads sometimes will be biased and many other factors will also influence the decision. Because of this some times, the culprit will not be getting the punishment but innocent will be at the receiving end.

    I feel it is not a good practice and I like to know the opinions of the members. Do you think this is a correct practice?
  • #710315
    The village heads or the Racha Banda through which many cases are heard and the punishments meted out by the selected people on those the complaints generally pour in more. In old Telugu films such customs are shown and we sometimes see that the real culprit escapes with the minimum punishment and thus the aggrieved person gets more fumed. In a film, a rape victim was made to marry the same person who raped her. But he would do so under the instruction of the village heads but he commits one more rape for which the same village heads ask him to pay 2000 fine which was very gruesome judgement to which the villagers oppose and those who were opposing were made to vacate the village for ever. Though such high handed single side judgements can be challenged in the court of law the locals would try to sustain their pain of agony and die.
    K Mohan @ Moga
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #710343
    This system of justice or reconciliation system of disputes in villages still exist. If the bench of village body is not honest in verdict making process then only poor and lower caste people will suffer injustice. However, time is changing. People are aware of their rights. Education and money has brought some changes in villages too but still situation is not satisfactory. Fact is that exploitation, harressment and injustice have not been eliminated from villages.

  • #710344
    It is good to have the local village courts headed by the Panchayat President or any eldest person in that village. If every villager can respect and honour his verdict, the courts in India will not be overburdened with too many cases. Generally, in villages, the casteism is a problem that bitters the justice with biased decisions.
    No life without Sun

  • #710439
    No judicial system can be people friendly until the judges are honest and unbiased. Whether it is the official judiciary in any country or the old dispute resolution system in the remote or far off villages, the integrity of people making a judgement is the crucial factor. It is a fact that the judgements are always favoured in the sides of the influential and important persons due to various obvious reasons of mutual benefit taking and selfishness and greed of the authorities. The criminals and big people would hire the best lawyers in the country to defeat the complainants. That is what has happened in the judicial system in our country as well as many other developing or under developed countries. This is an irony of the judicial system.
    Knowledge is power.

  • #710510
    If the dispute is resolved through the Panchayat system then many people abide by it in the villages but if it is just some arbitrary body in the village comprising of some influencial and senior person then it would not be a proper thing as they might be already biased in the matter.
    Thoughts exchanged is knowledge gained.

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