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Is Justice Humane?
|by Shibsankar Bagchi|
Workshop # 17
In ancient civilization like Egypt, Goddess Maat states fairness and truth. Ancient Romans and Greek adopted the image of a female goddess Justitia and we can say it is the founding of modern Judicial system. It also depicts Roman blindfolded Fortuna (luck) with Hellenistic Greek Tyche (fate), and sword-carrying Nemesis (vengeance).
In future we found Justitia with a set of scales in her left hand, by which she measures the equality and double-edged sword in her right hand, depicting the power of Reason and Justice.
So we can find the same image for Justice in different times or nations or in social environment, but it is interpreted by the people of that time only. Romans replaced ancient Egyptian Laws according to their own. The blindfold represents impartiality. But always it becomes the outlook of the society.
The vision of justice merged with our social views, presenting us the positive or the negative outlook of our society. Where people are suffering from corruption or evil, justice will only reflect the same. This is true for any civilization and time. How advanced or developed nation it might be, justice cannot remain impartial. If judiciary system remains more transparent and delivered quickly it can create faith in the mind of the people and can change social outlook of justice, thus creating a better society.
Remaining untouched from outer other influences like politics; religion is not an easy task. It is a difficult task to remain free from evils like corruption without outside monitoring. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
In our country it is a system that everyone tends to overlook. The systems of bureaucracy, politics and judiciary system is so much intertwined that no one really tries to untangle it. Justice is delayed and denied. Still we have hopes for there are some good people in the system who tries to change it little at a time. We have to encourage them, support them to make a new dawn.
In history we can observe when justice denied and lawlessness happens, one day common people rise above them to change the system. They became the justice. Are we waiting for such time?
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