Criminal justice system
Unfortunately, we have traditionally weak and corrupt institutions and our criminal justice system is based on evidence and what happens with evidences in a corrupt society like ours needs no description. At present, our criminal justice system clearly faces critical challenges. Because of lengthy delays in criminal proceedings on one pretext or another, I have seen many defendants languish in jails for months or years without a sentence.
Once a suspect has been identified, however, a guilty verdict is highly likely, particularly when a suspect is poor, he has no money to engage an experienced lawyer and the crime is petty. Indeed, although the probability of being arrested, investigated, and prosecuted for a crime is extremely low. Reasons are obvious and known but the rulers are not in a mood to reform the system.
Being a humble student of law and political science, I always desire to see sweeping changes in our criminal procedure, greater due process protections and new roles for judicial system operators, and tougher measures against organized crime, including money laundering, arms smuggling, kidnapping, bank robbery, and other forms of organized criminal activity. In face of these challenges, our criminal justice system has exhibited significant dysfunctions, contributing to extraordinarily high levels of criminal impunity but who cares in this corruption and crime-ridden society.
Regrettably, nothing is being done to reforms criminal justice system to overcome its current challenges and develop a better criminal justice system. Is there anyone to sensitize our ruling elite to do justice with the criminal justice system in vogue in this country? Is there anyone to ask our rulers to recruit people of passion and integrity and provide them all necessary resources especially skilled manpower, mobility and funds for effective service delivery in this budget? —Islamabad