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‘Safoora Zargar’s case is symbolic of total collapse of democracy’

Safoora Zargar
Safoora Zargar

The case of the 27-year-old pregnant Kashmiri woman Safoora Zargar who is in Tihar jail is symbolic of the total collapse of democracy & state institutions in the country and reminds us of the notorious Dreyfus case of the 19th century in France, for which the famous writer Emile Zola uttered the word which is the title of this post.

A woman whose only ‘crime’, ( if it can be so-called ), is of protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act, has been falsely accused of instigating riots in North East Delhi, by manufacturing false evidence against her by the police.


False evidence used to be often fabricated earlier too by the police to arrest and chargesheet innocent people, but now it is being done on a much larger scale. The Delhi police, like the police in many states, has become a ‘caged parrot’, ( to use the expression coined by former CJI Lodha for the CBI ), but is the judiciary, which was supposed to be custodian of the Constitution and guardian of the rights of the people, performing any better?


See in this connection my articles ‘Why celebrate Republic Day when the Constitution has become a scarecrow’ published in theweek.in, ‘All the times the Supreme Court turned a Nelson’s eye to injustice’ published in thewire.in, and ‘India’s moment of turbulent revolution is here’ published in firstpost.com

Read More: ‘Target of Right-Wing’ – A Woman’s Pregnancy Is A Case Of Trolling

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Markandey Katju

Written by Markandey Katju

Justice Markandey Katju is the former Chairman, Press Council of India. Prior to his appointment as Chairman, Press Council of India, he served as a Permanent judge at the Supreme Court of India.

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  1. Markandey’s comments are relevant. He was always a very courageous person, who always spoke his mind.I know him from our school days in Allahabad. I wish there were more like him in our higher judiciary. It is not a bad idea for India to adopt the practice in vogue in the USA, where a Supreme Court judge serves for life.

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