It is said that justice is an inalienable aspect of one's life and without it, life is incomplete. Haryana is a state that prides itself on being one of the most progressive of its kind in the country with regards to domains like technology and infrastructure. The claim is undeniable to a certain extent but this does not imply that this North Indian state does not have its fair share of problems. There have been calls in Haryana for the justice system to be made more effective and be given more power. However, from the way events have unfolded in the last few years it can be stated that not much progress has been achieved on that front.
The social system in Haryana is caste-based, like that of almost any other state of this vast country. However, the phenomenon of caste politicisation plays perhaps a much bigger role here than anywhere else in India. The power to rule lies with a select few, while the majority have to play helpless victims.
While incidents of rape in Haryana are not that commonplace as they may be in locations like Delhi and Uttar Pradesh it can be said that such incidents do happen. For a state that prides itself on its technological and overall professional progress, such incidents are shameful. However, it is not always that the guilty are being punished. Such wanton lack of effective punitive measures hurts the belief that common people have on the judicial system and the police officials in more ways than one.
For starters, it is believed that no matter what happens a certain section of the society will always be oppressed and they will always be on the wrong side of affairs. Also the protectors the legal system and police force in this case become one with the oppressors and there is a severe loss of faith. In several circumstances there have also been admissions of guilt at being unable to punish the guilty owing the influence they yield.
Perhaps the judicial system in the state needs to be empowered with more fast track courts that have the necessary authority with these cases in an effective manner. However, creating awareness in the minds of the common people and making them know their true importance in the greater scheme of things is perhaps the need of the hour it might be hard to achieve it right away, but with patience better results will surely come.
Karl Marx has stated that a good foundation is needed to create a strong structure. It is also said that a chain is as strong as its weakest unit. Unless Haryana is able to address such key issues like justice and social equality effectively and empower its common people effectively the state will not have achieved its true potential as a state.