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Judicial underreach

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Courting Injustice by Rajesh Talwar (not the father in the infamous Aarushi double murder case) has done a good job of providing an overview of the role of courts, the trial and the judgement in the wake of the brutal gang rape case.

Though the first chapter of the book - ‘Nirbhaya: brutality beyond belief’ is a heartrending piece to read. It focuses on the brutal incident happened on the terrible night that shook the nation and brought the people out of their home carrying out protests demanding justice.

A small portion of her diary titled ‘The story of my life’, is the brightest part of the book.
Apart from describing the chronology of the event, the book is more focused on the laws, especially the anti rape acts and legislations against crime against women.

These sections are somewhat academic in style and stressful for general reader. On the brighter side, perhaps, the detailed laws will help a woman to get a comprehensive knowledge about her rights.

Talwar, being a lawyer, tried to present his personal viewpoint on the Verma Committee Report and ‘What the Verma Committee Failed to Say.’ He claims: ‘We are all fallible; even judges make mistake.’

Further, another chapter recalls the infamous remarks made by several people on the incident and nation’s outrage at the comment by Pranab Mukherjee’s son Abhijit, calling women protesters ‘dented and painted’ ladies.
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