Why the accused get away

We all know that the accused in India can get away because of poor collection of evidence due to either inexperienced personnel collecting it, or because there is a shortage of autopsy doctors, or because basic procedures are not followed, like it happened when the crime scene was destroyed in the Aarushi Talwar case. Also, at times, police officers do not bother to conduct a proper investigation, like it happened in the Ryan International School murder.

In the light of all this, it is a relief that investigation into criminal cases is set to change. The Supreme Court has “given green signal to a Central plan to introduce videography in investigations and asked the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to set up a Central Oversight Body (COB) to implement it”.

 It entrusted COB with the responsibility of issuing “appropriate instructions in this regard at the earliest.” The body, it said, may compile information about compliance of its orders in the next three months and submit a report.

Let us hope that the COB does not get tied up in reams of bureaucratic tangles and actually does what it is supposed to do.

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