Supreme Court of India Judge Justice Chelameswar said a uniform policy on legal justice should engage the attention of the Bar Council.
Addressing a seminar on ‘Offences against women and children and terrorism-Challenges ahead’, organised by the Bar Council of India and Bar Council of State of Andhra Pradesh here, he called upon members of the Bar Council to debate upon it and ensure that the decision taken was put properly to government and an atmosphere created so that the law makers understand its relevance and implement them.
He was speaking in the context of Sentencing and said it was the least defined area in law and was different from one state to another.
Mr Justice Chelameswar, referring to the Delhi gangrape incident, said there was demand from respectable quarters for capital punishment for all rapists and castration but the demands were at the other extreme spectrum when compared to the scale of punishment given in the Indian legal system.
However, this particular offence had generated a huge reaction because of the utter recklessness of the offenders who thought they could get away with the crime, he said, adding besides the brutality with which the offence took place and the reckless behaviour of the offenders led the people to react in such a manner to call for stringent punishment.
He, therefore, suggested the seminar participants to focus on why there was so much recklessness among such offenders who could think that they could get away with the law. This required the attention of the law fraternity, he added.
Mr Chelameswar said the responsibility of the legal fraternity and Bar Council was something more than holding an occasional seminar or workshop and wanted the Bar Council to generate enough democratic pressure on the system to translate the decision taken as a consequence of issues debated by the Bar Council.