Jasleen Kaur case: The Debate!
We have all seen enough number of shares, newspaper articles, deliberations about this case. We have seen people who have been staunch supporters of this case and we have seen people who have identified the political angle to the case. There have been feminists who have taken it as a personal issue and see to it that ‘Justice’ is meted out. And as we look at all these proceedings, we just ask this one question today as we open a debate on this Jasleen Kaur Issue. The question is straight forward
Innocent until proven guilty or guilty until proven innocent?
In this post, we try to play the devils advocate by debating both sides of the coin and let you take a judgement call on this. The reason why we are talking about the Jasleen Kaur case as an issue is that it has long standing effects, especially when it comes to sexual harassment and eve teasing
Question: What really happened?
No one seems to have a clue about this! There have been two variations of thoughts on this issue
Story 1: This says that the boy allegedly made lewd remarks on the girl. When the girl threatened that she would file a case against him and he didn’t seem to bother about it. She later clicks a picture and it becomes a huge issue as it sees multiple shares on FB and the boy is arrested. He loses his job and he is thrashed in all media and I am sure the public too because most of us are happy to label something good or bad and close the issue behind us. We don’t really understand where the rage comes from, especially when the rage is to jump to conclusion on someone whether he is right or wrong.
Story 2: This story takes the side of the boy. Apparently there is no proof of him eve teasing the girl. The issue was a minor spat at the traffic signal which was in no way related to sexuality and it was made a sexual harassment case just to gain public sympathy. There have been a few deliberations that have said that the girl had political connections and was trying to get to AAP and this might have been ‘The Thing’ to propel her to the political game. From the looks of it, even this story seems to hold some water since there is no proof at all except for a photograph. Playing the devils advocate, he might have even posed for a photo just because he was asked to!
Which Is The True Story?
Now, as we know the two angles of the stories, it is really hard to know what is right or what is wrong. And it seems impossible to know what really happened since the whole issue us so well mired in controversy with the media taking two different sides. The feminists have found an opening and some have raked the issue of how male centric the society is and how such culprits should be treated without any mercy. Is this also a political cry for attention from the ‘Feminists’ (Here we use the word feminists in the context of someone trying to pretend to be one for their political gain and we mean no disrespect to feminists and actually admire their philosophy)
The ‘Innocent Male’ supporters have come to the front and started thrashing the girl on media like Facebook and the issue is spiralling everywhere. They raise an issue and ask questions as to why she is not being seen in the media or why her Facebook account was deleted after another angle for the story opened up?!
Looks like we are not going to find any answers for that right away. But we do have a few important questions to ask
- Since when is Facebook the mode of complaints? Why did the police arrest this man based on a Facebook proof? What was the reason behind his arrest and how is that justified?
- How is a photograph of a man sitting on his bike a proof? I am playing the devils advocate here. Isn’t this an issue for the courts to decide? We may say that the courts take time, but I will argue saying that the courts will not jump to decisions without any proofs and a photograph like this is never going to be accepted as a proof!
- Why did the guy lose his job? Why was everyone so quick to make a judgement on his character? Is it because we feel more sympathetic to the girl and that she can never be lying? Why was the assumption that this guy was the bad one?
- The girl was rewarded for her ‘Bravery’. If the entire issue was real, I would certainly commend her for standing to her rights. But the whole issue is mired with a doubt that she was doing it for a political gain which we will find very difficult to forgive.
With all these deliberations in mind, we leave you with one question – What is the purpose and statement of the law?
Is someone guilty until proven innocent?
If that is the case anyone can file a complaint against you and me and say that we have done something horrible. They don’t even need a proof for that. All they need is a photograph of you or me and we don’t even have to do anything in that photograph. And that photograph can even be downloaded from internet and we may go to jail just because someone gave a complaint and we have to prove that we are innocent. Isn’t it a shame that a person will have to prove his innocence?
Isn’t it a shame that someone is labelled guilty without a single shred of evidence and sensitivity about what his life is going to be because of that?
Isn’t the law of primary importance? Why is everything else taking a bigger role here?
Well, these are our questions for this debate. Do let us know your thoughts and stay tuned in for more such discussions.
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