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Is Justice Blind?
by Nikhil Sharda
Workshop # 17
What is the value of a single human life
in a judge’s sentence of a serial killer?
How many days do you subtract from
the life expectancy of the murderer
to pay for the extinction of his victims?
How many days per body do you estimate
before the killer should be eligible
for a parole hearing? Should he be eligible?
What is a parole hearing in aid of
that would justify consideration
of such an unholy candidate?
What’s the release date? How long does a killer keep
in a can? How do you refrigerate evil
when you can’t define or contain the germ?
What’s a bad person got that isn’t a disease?
Should it be quarantined? Can it be caught?
If it’s not a disease and the killer
is most at ease and organized and deliberate
in his acts, is not sick or deranged -
at least not in any accepted way
that could be called mental illness
and eliminate rational behaviour, will, and choice;
he is not neurotic or psychotic;
he is psychopathic ...
(Subtract empathy, add caution.);
he doesn’t want to be caught
so he’s got a kit and a script
(Add deliberation, malice aforethought.);
he is dangerous and devious,
deliberately deceitful and adept;
he has programmed himself
to various pseudo- and paraphylia;
cares not a jot for the lot of others,
only in how a body can be used and abused:
how long and at what temperature
and under what conditions do you
quarantine such a creature?
Bend or break, the body is expendable,
something to use up in a burning bush of malevolent
neural delight, whenever, however he likes.
What does sequential sentencing mean then?
What is your duty? How serve and protect ... ?
The guy would make lousy fertilizer!
What would grow then?
Workshop # 17
Act! Oh, Goddess of Justice! by G. Venkatesh
Advocacy by Dr. Raj Vatsya
Against All Odds by Shernaz Wadia
Animal Farm Again by T. A. Ramesh
Before The Bench by Kamal Wadhwa
Blind Justice Symbolism by Rajha Rajesuwari Subhramanium
Blind to Hypocrisy by Jayaprakash Raghavan Pillai
Can Justice Reach India’s Toiling Masses? by Dr. Uddipan Mukherjee
Coomaraswamy’s Last Stand by Kamal Wadhwa
Encounter by Shernaz Wadia
Give Humanity A Chance by Rupradha Mookerjee
Gizzards by Afanwi Stella
How Long, Oh Goddess of Justice! by Dr. Kumarendra Mallick
In A World of Big Lies... by N. S. Murty
In Defense of A Committed Judiciary by Kamal Wadhwa
In(Justice) by Ramesh Anand
Is Justice Blind? by Nikhil Sharda
Is Justice Humane? by Shibsankar Bagchi
Is the Statue of Lady Justice Relevant in India Today? by Ganesh Joshi
Just Justice by Dr. Madhavi Godavarthy
Justice Delayed: Justice Denied by Bharat B. Trivedi
Justice Delivered by Janaki Janar
Justice for All by Mukesh Williams
Justice in Adversarial System by Dr. Raj Vatsya
Justitia Versus Justice by Ramesh Anand
Lady Justice by Ramesh Anand
Lady Justice’s a Pretty Nice Girl by Dipankar Dasgupta
Lost is Our Humanity by Rupradha Mookerjee
Miss Justice, a Villanelle by Steve Talbert
Mother Justice by Prof. Siva Prasad Peddi
On Her Blindness by G Swaminathan
Order by Dr. Raj Vatsya
Reform or Perish by Rajinder Puri
Reforming India’s Judiciary by Rajinder Puri
Rejoice! by Pavalamani Pragasam
Righteousness is Divine ... by Deepak Yadav
Self-realization through Internal Justice by Prof. Siva Prasad Peddi
Shall We? (Tyburn) by Ramesh Anand
She Laughs at It! (Senryu) by Ramesh Anand
Strength of a Woman by Yogita Tripathi
The Lady Justice's Lament by Ramesh Anand
The Lady of Justice by Supriya Bhandari
The Origins Of Justice by Gaurang Bhatt, MD
The President's Pardon by Jayaprakash Raghavan Pillai
The Public Prosecutor by Kamal Wadhwa
The Social Base by Prof. Siva Prasad Peddi
Universal Justice (NONET) by Ramesh Anand
Whatsoever (Limerick) by Ramesh Anand
Who Am I? by Dr. Shirisha Dabiru
Why? by Pavalamani Pragasam
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