I'm not really sure where to begin. Would you be, if you wanted to vent about the pathetic case of a 5-year-old girl raped, mutilated and left for dead with the police later bribing the victim's father to keep mum about it? As if all this was not enough, a protester was slapped by a cop for demanding justice. Furious as I am about all of this, I am beginning to wonder seriously about another aspect of the case altogether.
The police are supposedly on the 'lookout' for the perpetrator who seems to have fled the scene. I can understand if the authorities are operating on just a hunch. But the child was found with her throat slit, lying in a pool of her own blood in the locked apartment of a man with a criminal record. Is it too much to ask to release his photo to the press? The victims of a crime, their families and neighbors are not spared by the media but sure, let's cover the face of the pervert to preserve his standing in society. We could really learn a thing or two from countries like the US (at least a few states in the US) where a registered sex offender is required by law to make his neighbors aware of his unenviable status.
At this point, I know I am up against at least two arguments:
(i) Given how sentimental (read volatile) Indians can be, the probability of the accused of a heinous crime being identified and calmly handed over to the authorities is next to zero.
(ii) There are bound to be some nutjobs who would welcome even negative publicity and would therefore do anything just to be 'famous' (yes, I've actually heard this argument before).
My rebuttal to these points:
(i) Would you rather others be victimized by the perp-in-hiding while the police are busy bribing the family of the initial victim? I, for one, think it's ridiculous to have the end result favoring a criminal, no matter how noble your intentions.
(ii) Why not follow through and make sure those nutjobs also understand what punishment lies in wait for them at the end of the road? In any case, I think the number of people deterred by the threat of certain punishment far outweighs the number of people who would do anything just to become 'famous'.
I don't really know how I got started thinking along this tangent today, but now that's it out there, I wonder if more people have thought about this and drawn the same conclusion I have.