More on the Jessica Lall story. Arnab has expressed things much better than I could, so let me just give you the link to his blog - http://greatbong.net/2006/02/25/the-shayan-munshi-in-all-of-us/#more-197. He has really written a good post on Shayan Munshi turning a hostile witness in the Jessica Lal case.
Here is a link to another interesting article - a judge giving his suggestions on how we should change the prosecution apparatus in order to ensure justice in such cases. http://www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=88403
Someone I met yesterday raised a very interesting question, am not sure I answered it at all well, hence am bouncing it off all of you. He said that effectively the media has tried Manu Sharma and found him guilty prematurely, all of us are going purely by the case that the media has built up, and we have no way of actually knowing whether Manu Sharma is guilty or not. My reply was that the way the witnesses retracted evidence and turned hostile stank like hell, and somehow the way the case has progressed does not convince me that the courts or the police have pursued it diligently. Hence I am inclined to believe that Manu Sharma did not deserve to walk away scot free.
Am quite frustrated by this case - it was not a lonely encounter in some dingy back alley, it was in full view of over a hundred people !
I think I will not watch any movie with Shayan Munshi in it in future. But that doesn't mean much - Shayan the loser only has 'Jhankar Beats' to his credit and one has already seen that. So Shayan will not be economically affected in the least by my decision. http://us.f362.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?To=%^%@#$@$%@$%%$%^$ Suddenly the second half of 'Rang De Basanti' makes much more sense. Can imagine Jessica's sister's fingers itching to pull the trigger - mine are itching to slap someone hard, and I never even knew Jessica.
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