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16th December 2012 – The Night that never saw the Dawn – Part 3

Whenever we come across some shocking incident it all of a sudden sends shivers up and down our spine. The cruel incident of 16th December 2012 was certainly one of them. Trust me every time the heading of this blog crosses my vision, it always forces me to think that how aptly it suits in today’s time as well. Yes, the dark night of 16th December 2012 never saw the Dawn.

Ah! India took a sigh of relief considering that finally justice has been achieved in the ‘Nirbhaya’ gang rape case. Everyone around seems to be happy, the courtroom is echoing with the sound of claps, lot of wishes are getting circulated on different platforms because of the very reason that on dated 05th May 2017, the Honourable Supreme court upheld the death sentence passed by the High Court as well as the Lower Court in the said case. A week has passed from that day of judicial pronouncement and almost all the emotional outburst has subsided, so it’s the right time for us to analyse whether Justice is actually achieved in this case or not?

As rightly quoted by Mr. William E. Gladstone “Justice delayed is Justice denied”. Sorry to say, but “Justice has already been denied in the present case” and still we are very proudly celebrating the judicial pronouncement. Mind it this is the situation when the case was taken up in the fast-track court. Now, we can just imagine the fate of all other judicial cases pending before the Honourable courts in our country for years and years. The number of pending cases in the court of law is only going to aggravate the matter and in turn, will leave an impression in the mind of the culprits that they have a free hand to do anything as per their wish.

The time lag in our judicial proceedings could be understood by the very fact that it took almost 9 months to the lower court, 6 months to the Honourable Delhi High Court and 38 long months to the Honourable Supreme Court to pronounce the judgement in the Nirbhaya case. And the culprits still have 3 more chances left to appeal i.e. 1) Reconsideration Petition – A Reconsideration Petition with the Honourable Supreme Court. 2) Curative Petition – If no relief is granted in the Reconsideration Petition then a Curative Petition could be filed 3) Mercy Petition – If no relief is granted against the death sentence in the Curative Petition as well then a Mercy Petition could be filed with the Honourable President of India. (Reference: News article published on dated 06th May 2017 in Dainik Bhaskar, the Hindi Daily Newspaper).

Shame on us that even after such a shocking incidence, which caught the eyes of the world media, we not only missed an opportunity to take strong steps in the area of woman safety but also failed drastically in setting up an example in front of the entire world with a speedy judicial proceeding in such a brutal case. And still, we want to brag about achieving justice in the present case? The hard-core reality is that the victim died a painful death long back, while the culprits still have 3 more options left to prove their innocence even after almost 4½ long years have passed since that incident first took place.

This case truly shows a mirror to our society, and at the same time, unmasks the face of the judicial system in our country. What an irony that in the world’s largest democratic nation, the culprits in a criminal case of this magnitude couldn’t be punished even after almost 4½ long years have passed. We can no more continue to play the game of pointing fingers towards others; rather we as a society have to accept our collective responsibility for such a poor condition of the law and order, as well as, the judicial system in our country.

Herewith, I would like to quote the following paragraph extracted from the second part of this Blog “16th December 2012 – The Night that never saw the Dawn” – Part 2 – Yes, humanity indeed gets killed every time such inhuman act occurs. But, the culprits are not alone to be held responsible for this killing of humanity, rather we, as a society, are equally responsible for all such inhuman acts happening around us. It’s a high time we question ourselves that what learning we took from the past incidents and what corrective measures we took to ensure that no such incidents happen with anyone again. How long will it take for us to realize that today it may have happened with a stranger, but tomorrow it could happen to anyone of us or our family members? Are we waiting for that day when we will be the victim?

Did we actually take any learning from such brutal rape case? NO, the growing graph of rape cases with every passing ‘hour’ clearly shows the condition of law and order in our country. It also depicts the mindset of our society. I would not be wrong in saying that it’s a male dominating society wherein the females of “any age” are considered as a product to satisfy the never-ending lust of inhuman males.

I would like to end this blog with the very hope that we as a society and nation wake up soon. It’s a high time we work collectively towards saving humanity. If we still don’t get shaken up then we should better be ready to witness more of Nirbhaya’s getting raped every now and then around us. It’s an earnest request to every woman, that please stay safe, and at the same time, I urge every man to please give the much-deserved respect to the women and safeguard them from such inhuman who just consider them as a product of flesh and bones to satisfy their lust.

I wish the Almighty give good sense to each one of us.

God Bless!

Peyush Jain

Posted in Banks, Black Money, Common Man, Consumer, Democracy, Financial Institutions, Financial Risk, Government, Hindustan, India, Management Lessons, Politics, RBI, Slogging, System, Victim

Are Financial Institutions considerate enough for moving towards Cash-Less Economy?

Cash-Less Economy results in enormous benefits to the economy, as well as, to the Financial Institutions, and do note that these benefits are not only restricted in monetary terms but rather extend to the managerial and procedural aspect, as well. So, there is no second thought that the Financial Institutions are definitely going to reap long-term benefits flowing from Cash-Less Economy. However, the big question is that are the Financial Institutions considerate enough to help our economy move towards Cash-Less zone or not? Let us discuss this alarming issue in this blog.

When the Government of India (GOI) realized that the Demonetisation step taken at their end would not fetch the expected results, then they very smartly twisted the motive behind demonetisation itself and started pitching it as a step towards Cash-Less Economy. However, regardless of the differences in opinion about the demonetisation step or the reason behind it, one thing could not be denied that moving towards Cash-Less Economy is a good step and it has more of positive sides then the negative sides.

For India, this step towards Cash-Less Economy is a paradigm shift as our economy, as of now, is majorly a cash-dependent economy. If our country seriously wants to reach anywhere near to Cash-Less Economy, then the Finance Sector has to play a critical role in this GOI’s initiative. In fact, the Finance Sector has to be one of the major contributors for this dream to come true. Hence, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), along with the Financial Institutions has to make a proper framework and gear up for this upside-down situation.

Few months have passed since the first talk about moving towards Cash-Less Economy started in our country. Since then some radical changes have been brought by the GOI, RBI and the Financial Institutions with the very objective of controlling the cash transactions and persuading people to shift towards card and digital payment mode. Now, let us see if the steps taken till date, by the GOI, RBI and the Financial Institutions are actually intended to ‘help’ our country move towards Cash-Less Economy or not.

Some of the key measures adopted by the GOI in this regard are the introduction of Digital Payment App called Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM), providing subsidy (incentive) on digital/card transactions as against cash transactions, levying of penalty of an amount equal to the amount of cash transaction which is over and above Rs. 2,00,000/-, etcetera.

All these measures adopted by the GOI clearly portray the seriousness of the GOI in moving towards Cash-Less Economy. Further, two important motives are reflected from these measures i.e. restriction on cash transactions and “incentivizing” the digital/card transactions. So in my personal view, the GOI has passed the test of “considerate enough” for moving towards Cash-Less Economy.

Now, let us talk about the key measures adopted by the RBI and Financial Institutions in this matter. Herewith, I would like to quote the following lines extracted from my other Blog “Moving towards Cash-Less economy – Was it the right time to take this step?” – “In order to meet the political ambition, the RBI and Banks started working towards the Cash-Less economy. Various guidelines are being issued on a timely basis restricting the number of cash transactions, imposing charges on withdrawal of cash exceeding a specified limit or number of transactions, as well as, imposing penalties on non-maintenance of minimum balance in the saving accounts, etcetera”.

Anyone who goes through the above-mentioned measures “with plane eyes”, will find that all these measures adopted by the RBI and Financial Institutions are an effort towards restricting the usage and flow of cash in our economy. But there is a twist in here. The Financial Institutions have introduced a lot of charges with regard to cash transactions that somewhere it makes me think that whether their motive is only to earn revenue from this opportunity or what?

Mind it, this is not a baseless thought because anyone who compares the measures adopted by the GOI against those introduced by the Financial Institutions can very well vouch that there is a vast difference in their approach. As a general practice, whenever any drastic changes are required to be promoted or implemented in any field, then some incentives are offered to the users so that they get motivated to opt for that change. However, the story is different when it comes to Financial Institution’s approach in this matter.

On one hand, the GOI is providing subsidy (incentive) on digital/card transactions to promote cashless transactions, while on the other hand, the Financial Institutions didn’t even care to reduce their charges on online transactions to such an extent that at least their charges doesn’t exceed the subsidy (incentive) provided by the GOI, so that the customer doesn’t end up paying more amount for any transactions via online mode as compared to the cash payment for similar transactions.

Herewith, I would like to justify my point with the following example – If you book a Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinder via online mode then you will end up paying an amount of more than Rs. 1/- per transaction, as against the payment made in cash and that too when the GOI is providing a subsidy of an amount of Rs. 5/- per transaction. So forget about incentivizing the customers, the Financial Institutions are de-motivating them because the common man wouldn’t like to pay the extra amount on any transaction done via digital/card mode especially at the time when we are still in a nascent stage of digital payment era for the masses.

From the above discussion, it seems that at the time when the Government of India (GOI) is pitching hard towards Cash-Less economy, the Financial Institutions does not seem considerate enough for moving towards Cash-Less Economy rather they are busy filling their pockets by introducing a number of new charges/penalties. Further, this approach of the Financial Institutions is somehow negating the incentives that the GOI is providing to the masses for moving towards Cash-Less Economy.

I do hope that the GOI and RBI take note of this alarming issue and further take necessary steps in this regard so that the Cash-Less Economy does not remain a dream forever. I wish that the Financial Institutions take this opportunity to build a solid framework towards the much-needed destination of our time i.e. Cash-Less Economy and in turn, this process will definitely grant them enough benefits to reap from.

I wish that the Almighty give good sense to each one of us.

Stay in touch.

God bless you all!

Peyush Jain

Posted in Common Man, Consumer, Democracy, Doctor, Government, Health, Hindustan, Human Tendency, India, Management Lessons, Patient, Politics, Security, Slogging, Strike, System, Victim, Violence

Strike a day keeps the Doctor away

It’s said that “An apple a day keeps the Doctor away” but it seems that in the present scenario a new proverb best suits in i.e. “Strike a day keeps the Doctor away”. To testify this, you just need to look around and you will realize that every now and then, there is news about some violent act between doctors and relatives of the patients in some part of the country. The end result of all such violent acts is that the doctors go on a strike when their basic demand for safety is not being heard by the responsible authorities and every time the common man is left to suffer in absence of the availability of doctors in hospitals for treatment.

After all such incidences the doctors unanimously complaints that they are being abused and assaulted by the relatives of the patients, while, on the contrary, the relatives of the patients accuses the doctors of their careless approach in treating the patients. This tension is building up since long and in the recent time, it has taken a more violent form. Now, we as a society have to decide whether we intend to continue with this sore relationship between the doctors and the patients and be a dumb spectator or else do we aim to bring an end to all this by implementing some drastic measures? So let us try to discuss this serious issue in this blog and find out the ultimate solution to this problem.

Doctors are not God but they are the one who cures us and saves our life. I have never seen God, but I am sure if the Almighty is present then two of the most important activities of their Key Results Area (KRA) would be to cure us of all the ailments and save our life. Hence, it would not be wrong on my part to say that “Even though Doctors are not God, but their act is Godly”. Now, with this serious responsibility of Godly Act, accompanies a lot of expectations “from and towards” a Doctor.

In a doctor’s profession, there is no room for any kind of mistakes. Hence, we can just imagine how cautious doctors need to be while dealing with each and every single patient of theirs. Ever tried to visualize that what will be our anxiety level if we have to work in our respective professions, with such thoughts running at the back of our mind 24X7? Don’t you think that most of us will panic or try to run away from such situation? But the doctor’s can’t afford to and neither do so, they are right there fighting with their anxieties and fatigue day in, day out.

Yet, doctors are not machines, they are indeed humans and chances of “unintentional mistakes” are always likely to happen. Many a time, unlike others, doctors don’t even get a second chance to rectify their unintentional mistakes. The doctors are in fact always walking on burning embers. In spite of all these hardships faced at their end what they get in return? Mind it; herewith I am only talking about the honest and committed doctors. Isn’t it expected from each one of us to at least show some courtesy and give them the much-deserved respect? Is it too much to ask for? Forget about showing respect, some of us don’t even think twice before pointing the finger towards the honest and committed doctors as well? Is this the way a civilized society should behave?

Obviously, one can very well counter that it is their duty and the doctors are being paid for their job and that they are not doing any kind of social service. But trust me, to be an honest and committed doctor it takes more than simply performing the set KRAs. Most of the time these doctors have to go out-of-the-way and undertake tasks which are over and above the so-called KRAs. Now, what inspires them to do so? Believe me, it has nothing to do with earning money but the very thought of helping the patients to recover and get well soon ignites the soul of these honest and committed doctors.

Having said all the above things, we still can’t discard the presence of corrupt and careless doctors in our system altogether. And for that matter, there are corrupt and careless professionals in every field. But this doesn’t mean that we have the right to abuse or assault any doctor when we are not satisfied with their work. Whatever may be the circumstances, no one has the right to take law in their hand. Instead, if we have any complaint against any person then we should register the same with the designated authority, rather than be opting for violent means to let our voice heard.

However, time and again, we hear and witness incidences where either the doctors are being abused and assaulted for not performing their duties diligently or else the patient’s relatives complain about being ill-treated/careless approach by/of the doctors. Now a very valid question strike our mind that should this be the way to treat someone whom we consider next to God, and, at the same time, is such behaviour expected from highly educated professionals like doctors?

The reality is that fault is at both the ends. On one hand, we as a society are responsible for not condemning such violent behaviour of the relatives of the patients or for not standing against the mob that is abusing and assaulting the doctors. On the other hand, the few corrupt and careless doctors are actually bringing disgrace on the name of the entire medical fraternity and it is because of them, that at times, even the innocent doctors are being accused and assaulted for something which they were not involved in or for something that was not in their hands. Similarly, many times, it is seen that just because of the careless approach of some of the doctors, patients have to suffer a lot and also there are cases reported where the patients have even lost their life due to this careless behaviour of the doctors.

So what is the resort available for the innocent doctors against such violent acts? Normally in response to such assaults, the doctors often go on strike when their demand to provide adequate security at the workplace is not heard by the responsible authorities, as well as, the government. But is strike the only mean to get their demands heard and met? And the big question is that are strikes justifiable at all, more importantly in fields like medical which affects the life of living beings?

Similarly, who should the patient and their relatives look upon, when a corrupt or careless doctor doesn’t perform their duty diligently? Often, it is seen that the pain-stressed relatives of patients who are expecting immediate response lose their temper because no one is available to attend the patient or answer their queries and eventually the situation gets out of control.

Before we dig into any kind of solution to solve this issue, one thing should be made extremely clear that irrespective of the circumstances, no one has the right to take law in their hand, be it the doctors or be it the patients and their relatives. But does it mean that we are helpless and could not devise a system which keeps mobs out of the workplace and, at the same time, ensures that all those who are responsible performs their duty diligently?

It’s a high time we need a onetime solution to control such chaotic situation occurring every now and then on the hospital premises. If we are not able to control it now, then this situation is definitely going to aggravate in the near future and in turn, it’s surely going to widen the gap between the doctors and the patients and thereby resulting in a sour relationship. All this is ultimately going to affect the treatment of the patients.

Solution – As a layman, what I think is that to control all such issues a mechanism should be developed which results in a win-win situation for both the parties. I suggest the following measures for controlling such unwanted chaotic situation at a place like a hospital, which should be peaceful all the times –

  1. First of all, surveillance and security should be mandatorily available at each hospital premises, without fail. This will help the doctors in treating the patients without being scared of getting abused or assaulted by anyone. This will further ensure that the situation remains under control all the time and in case anyone tries to take law in their hand then such persons are identified with ease and are punished for their acts. This will not only control the situation but also help in creating a “fear of being watched” in the minds of all those who even think of taking law in their hand.
  1. Secondly, a system should be in place which keeps the track of every single activity from the time a patient arrives in the hospital premises i.e. enters the hospital. Do note that this tracking should start once the patient arrives in the hospital i.e. even before the admission of the patient. This will automatically help in resolving some of the major issues raised by the patients and their relatives i.e. the patient was not attended on time or the doctors were not available or were careless in their approach towards treating the patient.

These are very basic solutions and wouldn’t take much time to implement. The only thing that is required is the right intention and willingness on the part of the responsible authorities to resolve this chronic issue. Sooner the better they realize the importance of resolving this issue and take right decisions in this regard. Do note that without bringing some drastic changes in the system this tension is not going to ease up, rather it is going to aggravate with each passing day. So it is my earnest request to the responsible authorities that in the larger interest of the medical fraternity, as well as, the common men they should take the desired steps at the earliest.

I hope that the responsible authorities take this issue very seriously and also take actions to ensure that no such situation occurs in the future. I urge everyone to behave in a civilized manner and never take law in their hands. If you think that someone has deliberately caused harm to you or to someone else then you should register your complaint on the right platform with the designated authority, rather than getting into violence mode. At the same time, I would like to request every doctor that please perform your duty with utmost dedication and keep up the good work you all are known for. Let the doctors do their Godly Act in a peaceful condition and let the society be benefitted from the honest and committed doctors in the right way.

God Bless you all!

Stay in touch.

Peyush Jain

Posted in Common Man, Consumer, Democracy, Government, Hindustan, India, Indian Railway, Injustice, Justice, Politics, Slogging, System

Indian Railway’s new rule with regard to Cancellation Charges on Waitlisted Tickets – What could be more illogical than this? – Part 2

I would like to start this blog by quoting the following paragraph extracted from the first part of this Blog – “As a layman, I could not find any single logic behind introducing the cancellation charges on a waitlisted ticket. As per my view, this is a sheer case of robbing our pockets by introducing some illogical rule. The already overburdened common man is slapped with another “heavy and baseless charge”. Hence, I would like to take this opportunity to request the learned and respected Railway minister to throw some light on the logic behind introducing this charge. I hope the Indian Railways either comes up with a logical justification in this matter or else take back this illogical charge”.

Post writing the first part of this blog, I did approach Mr. Railway Minister on his e-mail id and requested him to clarify the logic behind coming up with such a weird charge. However, it seems as if the Minister who is super active on social networking platforms like Twitter, doesn’t care to respond to his e-mails. Maybe a common man’s plea on an “official platform” is not worth to waste their precious time. Or is it, that if any complaints are publically expressed then these tech savvy ministers have no other option left but to respond to it so that their efficiency of working comes in public notice? Well, the fact is that I am still awaiting the reply from the Honourable Railway Minister.

Now the motive behind writing the second part of this blog was not to talk about my e-mail to the Railway Minister. Also, I have tried to present the detailed information about the cancellation charges on waitlisted tickets in the first part of this blog itself. However, after reading the news published, on dated 18th March 2017, in Dainik Bhaskar, the Daily Hindi Newspaper, with regard to Railway Board’s preparation for some changes in the Passenger Reservation System (PRS) with effect from 01st July 2017, I am keen to write the second part of this blog. Who knows, maybe the responsible authorities wakes up and take note of this valid point while amending the current rules? So it’s an attempt to once again raise my voice in the matter concerned.

One of the points quoted in the above-mentioned news is that the Railway Board is preparing to refund 50% amount on cancellation of the Tatkal Tickets and accordingly the required changes shall be incorporated in the PRS. So it is clear that the railway board is thinking about refunding the amount on cancellation of Tatkal Tickets. However, I fail to understand that why didn’t they consider taking back the illogical cancellation charges on waitlisted tickets? Is it because the revenue generated from the cancellation charges on waitlisted tickets is too lucrative to get away with it, even if there is no logic behind introducing it at the first place? Obviously, the number of cancelled waitlisted tickets in Indian Railways is always going to be higher than the number of cancelled Tatkal Tickets, so wouldn’t it be foolish to even think of parting with such extra income? Who cares for logic when the generation of revenue is concerned, right?

Mr. Suresh Prabhu (Railway Minister) once again it’s my earnest request to you that please enlighten the common man with the logic behind levying cancellation charges on waitlisted tickets. And, if by any chance, you could not come up with any sound logic behind this intelligent move of yours then it’s my humble request to you that please take back waitlisted cancellation charges with immediate effect. I hope you will act as per your name Mr. Prabhu and bring relief to the masses.

Peyush Jain

Posted in Banks, Black Money, Common Man, Consumer, Democracy, Financial Institutions, Financial Risk, Government, Hindustan, India, Management Lessons, Politics, RBI, Slogging, System, Victim

Moving towards the Cash-Less economy – Was it the right time to take this step?

In real terms, the demonetisation step was not able to meet the expected outcome and hence, in order to save their neck, the politicians diverted the talks towards Cash-Less or in their own terms Less-Cash economy. Actually, Cash-less or Less-Cash are one and the same thing the ultimate motive of which is to phase-out cash from any economy. However, considering our current state of the economy which is majorly cash-dependent, the politicians has to refer it as Less-Cash economy, so that it sounds soothing to the ears of a common man and does not result in resistance or chaos in the market.

Indeed there is no harm in moving towards the Cash-Less economy and it has more of positive sides then the negative sides. But herewith, what went wrong is once again “the timing of this step taken”. The common man was already hit hard by the demonetisation monster, wherein the unavailability of cash mercilessly broke the backbone of the common man. On top of this, the ongoing steps taken by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), as well as, Banks with regard to the Cash-Less economy are not helping in any way; rather it is aggravating the sufferings of the overburdened common man.

In order to meet the political ambition, the RBI and Banks started working towards the Cash-Less economy. Various guidelines are being issued on a timely basis restricting the number of cash transactions, imposing charges on withdrawal of cash exceeding a specified limit or number of transactions, as well as, imposing penalties on non-maintenance of minimum balance in the saving accounts, etcetera. However, RBI and the Banking Sector should have first examined the nerve of the country before opting for such measures, rather than working blindly on the orders of the politicians.

Anyone who attempts to sense the pulse of the common man will surely understand that post-demonetisation step taken by the Government of India (GOI) people are hesitant to keep their hard-earned money with the banks. There is surely a loss of trust among the common men and the two major reasons for this trust loss are –

  1. Firstly the “Trial and Error” methodology adopted by the GOI and RBI during those 50 days of demonetisation.
  2. Secondly, people were unable to withdraw “their own money” even within the prescribed limit set by the GOI and RBI.

This is the ground reality which can be vouched by anyone with a sane mind, but the prerequisite is that they need to step out from their air-conditioned offices and keep themselves grounded. In such a situation, the first and foremost thing that was required to be done “on priority” by the RBI, as well as, the banking sector as a whole, was to build the trust once again among the masses. However, they acted exactly in the opposite manner and started imposing a lot of restrictions on cash transactions. At the time when comfort was needed, what the common man got was a load of restrictions on their head.

Now, it’s for the Management and the Think Tank of RBI and Banks to evaluate and decide whether this was the right time to pitch the measures of the Cash-Less economy or not, especially in the light of sufferings of the common man. Mind it the availability of cash is not adequate still in the rural and interior areas. And here the country has to face restrictions on cash transactions. Wouldn’t it have been prudent if the Cash-Less economy was taken as an altogether new project “at an appropriate time” instead of a residual measure to save the neck of a few people? Do they have an answer to this question? I guess ‘No’.

Now, I would like to end this blog with the very hope that may the trust of common man always remain intact in our financial sector, especially the banks because they are one of the important pillars of any economy. I do wish that the respected and trusted organisations of our country always have the freedom to work with a free spirit, keeping in mind the larger interest of the society as a whole.

I wish that the Almighty give good sense to each one of us.

God bless you all!

 

Peyush Jain

Posted in Common Man, Crime, Democracy, Freedom, Government, Hindustan, India, Investigation Agencies, Management Lessons, Police, Politics, Slogging, System, Victim, Violence

MLA’s husband slapped the Circle Inspector in Kota (Rajasthan) – Isn’t the Police Force themselves responsible for such kind of ill-treatment with their officers?

A recent incidence in Kota (Rajasthan) has once again ignited the “Battle of Superiority” between the Politicians and Police force. This incidence took place on dated 20th February 2017, when the workers of the present ruling party in Rajasthan state i.e. Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP), went to protest at the Mahaveer Nagar, Police Station, Kota (Rajasthan).

Police version – The Circle Inspector (CI) Mr. Sreeram Badesara, was slapped by Mr. Narendra Meghwal, husband of Mrs. Chandrakanta Meghawal, Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) from Ramganj Mandi. In response to the same, the police have to use batons on the BJP workers in order to control the situation. It is also to be noted here with that a video of slapping the CI Mr. Sreeram Badesara has gone viral in the meantime.

Politician version – The police manhandled the workers of BJP and arrested a few of them. Later, the MLA, Mrs. Chandrakanta Meghawal went to meet the workers at the police station. Mrs. Meghawal stated that she along with her husband and the BJP District Head were first beaten up by the police force in the garden and later in the chamber, as well. Mrs. Chandrakanta claimed that her husband has not been involved in any kind of violence and he only came in between to protect her.

After this violence, FIR has been lodged by both the parties involved. Now the ball is in the court of the responsible authorities to decide that whose version out of the two is correct and who actually was at fault. But it seems as if at present the axe has fallen on the concerned policemen only because five policemen of that police station are sent to the police line. Obviously, the orders of sending these policemen to police line have been issued by the seniors in the same police force.

Now did the senior police officers took this decision in order to conduct an unbiased investigation in the matter concerned or was it a step taken solely out of the political pressure, is something which only the senior officers could answer to. On the contrary, the local police force has come out openly in support of the staff of Mahaveer Nagar, Police Station. Many of the police stations in the city boycotted the Mess and an Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) has been reported to have requested for voluntary retirement in protest against this incidence.

Well, there is nothing wrong in supporting an honest person. In fact, we should always stand by the side of truth and, at the same time, protest and raise our voice against all the injustice happening around us. However, the big question is that when a police officer was slapped by the MLA’s husband, the entire police force got united and stood against their colleague, but what would have been their reaction if such an incidence happened with a common man?

Aren’t such incidences happening every now and then with the common men who doesn’t have any support of power, money or influence behind them? Aren’t the innocent victims always being harassed by the dishonest but powerful people? Whose side the “corrupt” police officers are taking in all such cases? Each and every single member of the police force should introspect that what would have been their stand if such an incidence took place between an honest common man and a dishonest powerful person?  Note: The above questions are only for the dishonest policemen. The honest policemen who always perform their duty diligently with utmost honesty should take a bow and keep up the good work.

When the common man pleads in front of the corrupt police officers for justice, don’t they disappoint the victim by taking the side of the powerful person? If yes, then it would not be wrong to say that the Police Force is themselves responsible for such kind of ill-treatment with their officers. It is because of the corrupt policemen that such powerful people get the courage to sit on the head of the entire department and act as if they are the King. It is nothing but the past conduct of the corrupt officials which comes back in the form of such incidences where even the honest officials get ill-treated. So it is for the entire police department to introspect, take learning from such incidences, as well as, take steps to ensure that no such incidence get repeated with the police force in the future.

I would like to end this blog with the very hope that “Truth and Justice should prevail always”. Let us always stand for honesty and justice, even if we have to fight against those who have the backing of money, power or influence. I do wish that there is peace all around and may the Almighty give good sense to each one of us.

God Bless you!

Peyush Jain

Posted in Common Man, Crime, Investigation Agencies, Management Lessons, Police, Security, Slogging, System, Victim, Violence, Woman

Ruchita Jain murder investigation – Was the approach of investigation officers right in this case?

Disclaimer: This blog is not meant to bring down the image of the Police department or entire investigation agencies. The blogger in true spirit respects the hard work that the Police Department is doing. However, the content of this blog should be taken as learning by the concerned officers, department and each one of us, so that mistakes like these are not repeated in future and the very motive of true justice is actually achieved in the real sense.


Last year, on dated 01st December 2016, a young lawyer named Mrs. Ruchita Jain w/o Mr. K. B. Gupta was brutally killed in broad daylight in her residence located at Flat No. 702, Orbit Apartment – 1, New Bhupalpura, Udaipur (Rajasthan). As per the post-mortem report, she was mercilessly stabbed 17 times with a wrench tool, resulting in serious injuries on her head and body. She died on the spot.

The soul shivers even with the thought that how painful the last few minutes of her life would have been. The loss of someone’s life is irrecoverable and it surely would have changed the life of her husband and their two little kids. This case indeed shocked the entire peace-loving community of Udaipur and left everyone thinking that how safe we all are. For a few days, there was an air of fear and suspicion, in and around the city, especially in the locality where this murder took place. Everyone was coming up with their version of the case or some latest updates on it.

All eyes were finally gazed on the Police Department to crack this case and unearth the culprit, as well as, the motive behind such a cruel incidence. The Sukher Police Station, on dated 22nd February 2017 i.e. 82 days after the incidence filed the 141-page charge sheet with the court. Although the police department and the concerned officers are patting their back for solving this so-called “difficult” case, still there are a lot of questions that has emerged from the working style of the Police Department as is evident in those crucial 82 days.

There were a few lapses on the part of the investigating team, which somehow points fingers on the credibility of the entire department and their working style. Below mentioned 6 points reflects the approach of investigation officers in this case –

  1. The superfast local police officers actually boasted to have solved this case on the very second day of the murder itself i.e. on dated 02nd December 2016, the Superintendent of Police (SP) Udaipur, claimed that they have solved the murder mystery and arrested the husband of the victim on charges of killing his own wife. – Without any solid evidence, against any suspect, is it justifiable to defame them in front of the entire world simply because the investigation agencies have some doubts about their involvement? Was the department in so much hurry to grab the praises that they even forgot to collect any single evidence against the husband before accusing him of being the murderer? Is there any possibility that this was intentionally done so that the actual culprit could get away in the present case?
  1. However, after the above claim by the police department of solving the case, on day 3 after the murder, a new angle came into limelight when one of the residences of the same Apartment, Divy Kothari, surrendered at Fatehpura, Police Station, claiming that he has murdered Mrs. Ruchita. Hence, the police have to release Mr. Gupta (husband of the victim) on account of acceptance of crime by the accused Divy Kothari. – After realising that it was a blunder on the part of the police department to charge and publicly announce the victim’s husband as the murderer, wasn’t it their responsibility to not only publicly accept their mistake but also apologize to Mr. Gupta and his family for defaming them?
  1. Further, the prime accused in this case Divy Kothari was also successful in misleading the police officers by acting so brilliantly that the police officers blindly believed on his side of the story that he was suffering from some mental disorder. Once again the investigation team, solely based on the story served to them by Divy Kothari, almost concluded that the accused was suffering from the mental disorder known as ‘Psychosis’ (loss of contact with reality) and in the influence of the same he killed the victim. – Is it believable that once again without any supporting evidence the officers concerned were eager to reach on to conclusions every now and then in the same case? Was it just a mistake on the part of the department to believe the story of the accused as told by him or was it done intentionally again?
  1. After realising that once again they have made a blunder in believing the claims with plain eyes, the police department got into a thorough investigation which resulted into the fact that Divy was just trying to fool the police officers and thereby mislead the investigation. Further, the team collected all the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) evidence “based on the information extracted from the accused”, which resulted in factual proofs to claim Divy as the actual accused in the present case. – Is there any valid reason which such learned officials could provide behind not taking help of the FSL evidence on the very first day of the investigation in a murder case? Is this the normal practice followed by the department to reach on to the conclusion? Isn’t the improper investigation major reason of accused being set free of charge in most of the cases?
  1. Quite surprisingly, even after all these blunders on the part of the department, the Station House Officer (SHO) in charge of the case was reported saying that “It was the toughest and challenging case of his entire life”. (Reference: Report published on dated 23rd February 2017 in Dainik Bhaskar Hindi daily newspaper) – Well, who better than the department people could tell that was this case actually difficult to crack or not? Was it actually a complicated case when the accused himself surrendered in front of the police and accepted that he has murdered Mrs. Ruchita? What was left for the department was to simply collect evidence with the help of the FSL team, based on the information extracted from the accused, isn’t it? Now, was it that difficult to do for such experienced and capable officers of the police force?
  1. Finally, I would like to raise an important point which has been altogether neglected in this case. For your information, a tortoise was found in the house of Mrs. Ruchita Jain and the picture of the tortoise that was clicked by the accused, just before the murder is one of the FSL evidence in the present case. However, there is no mention of the fact that was this tortoise a legal breed that is allowed to be kept as a pet in India or not. If not, then why the officials didn’t lodge any FIR against the responsible person for keeping a tortoise in the house, which under the Wildlife Protection Act is illegal. – Although it is not related to the murder mystery, still it should have been taken care of by the concerned team. In absence of which, we are forced to think that was it sheer negligence on the part of the investigation agencies or were they themselves unaware of the laws prevailing in the country?

At the end, I would like to wish that may the departed soul rest in peace and the culprit gets punished for the offence. I do hope that the investigation agencies work diligently in every case and ensure that none of the culprits is set free just because the investigation done at their end was improper. I would further like to appeal each one of you “To be cautious and be safe” because that is the only way we can reduce the number of such incidences happening around us.

God Bless you all.

Peyush Jain