I first heard about Sanju Baba’s verdict when a friend messaged me on WhatsApp ‘Baba got arrested’ (with tear strained smiley face). He practically spent the next 15 minutes describing the verdict and how Sanjay Dutt reacted to it and things got even worse with my friend when Baba broke down in a press conference. While I did feel slight remorse for what the Munna Bhai star has to go through, I did not understand the rage that was depicted by most of my family, friends and acquaintances across social media.
Sanjay Dutt was one among the many accused in the 1993 blasts, out of which quite a few were innocent. While Dutt was offered moral support and sympathy by family, friends and fans alike, Zebunisa Kazi (who has a similar case as Dutt’s) did not even get recognition until a tabloid broke out the news. The question that bothers me: Is it our judiciary system that can be called weak or the media or we – the citizens of this country.
Is the value of a ‘life’ in our country measured in terms of popularity and social status? Reuben and Keenan murder case, Nirbhaya gang rape case, Jessica Lal, Ayushi Talwar (the list can go on and on) proved time and again that most of the people’s interest, worry and passion in a particular case were limited to the kind of weightage it was given to by the media. How many of us are aware of what is happening in Sarabjit Singh’s case, which was very popularly supported by Salman Khan?
While the nation has learned to ask questions, nobody is keeping a track of how many of them are getting answered. Today, 10 years after the 1993 bomb blast, we discuss how Baba has changed and does not deserve this kind of punishment (which makes me think ‘Law is not blind, maybe just far sighted’), six months down the line, the thoughts of Baba in jail will fade away and a year later vanish.
The aim of pointing this is out is not blaming the judiciary or the media or the mango man, but to express that we are raising a generation of confused Indians – who will not be scared of punishment after a crime because they get minimum five years to twist the case, who will not know whom to report a crime to and will also be clueless about ultimately what is right and what is wrong.
Taking up responsibility or giving an explanation might be too much to ask. What I ask is just stick to what you say, rely on your instincts and define the right and wrong for yourself – because relying on media and the judiciary is not something I would suggest.
P.S. Baba hats off to you.