Drugs are bad, its usage can hinder one’s ability to make the right choices/decisions, and High Court Justice VK Tahilramani is no exception.
Man oh man—people got all in a huff while legal eagles were scratching their heads in wonder when Justice VK Tahilramani noted in his judgment that the man convicted of killing his wife, “only wanted to inflict burns and not kill her but unfortunately the situation slipped out of control to a fatal extent.”
The judge openly berated and belittled a victim of domestic violence— I cannot emphasise enough how offensive his behaviour and statements were, particularly this one– “After the wife had caught fire, the accused extinguished the fire and took his wife to the hospital. This conduct cannot be seen divorced from the totality of the circumstances”.
The charges against the man were brought down to culpable homicide not amounting to murder. The punishment does not fit the life-shattering and absolutely abhorrent crime the assailant committed. But in the world of domestic assault, they rarely do.
This is indeed a sad day for me, a sad day for the people of India and a sad day for the judiciary upon which our people depend for justice