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Three events that I observed in the last week made to dwelve into the topic of Justice. The first one relates to sex slaves for the Imperial Japanese Army for a period of twelve years ending 1945. Still, after 60 years, frail survivors of that worst practice are protesting in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul every week. Many of the women were killed by the Japanese army. However, the few who survived tell of heart rendering tales. These women who were raped many times in a day for many years did not have life even after the end of world war II. They did not have family nor they could earn enough.
What is that these women are demanding? They are asking Japan to "reveal the truth! Admit the crime! Officially apologise! Punish the criminals!". Is it a tall order for Japan given what these poor woman have gone through?
The second relates to the reaction of 1984 riot victims (rather it could be called as 'genocide')to the Nanvati commission and the action taken report. Imagine losing your loved ones in front of your eyes and twenty one years later, still no one is held responsible. A powerful and working democracy is the one which should have prevented such things from happenning. Even if such trajedies happenned, a working democracy should have brought justice to the victims.
The third relates to a story about conservancy workers in Mumbai in a programme titled '24 hours' in NDTV. The working methods are primitive, their equipments were not modern, no protective gears and the workers were exposed to all sorts of hazards. The programme showed how one worker went down the manhole without any mask to protect him from poisonous gases. I could see an insect crawling on the back of his body even as the worker cleared the block. In another clip, even as they were clearing, drainage water was dripping onto them because the pipe was broken. Worst of all, the youth of these conservancy workers lament that they get no respect from the public who order to get work done by them.
The programme also showed how it is difficult for the youth of the conservancy workers to get out of the cycle and be employed elsewhere (which is desired almost universally by all who work in conservancy services). Has justice been done in these cases??
By the way, this is how Merriam-Webster define the term Justice=
1 a : the maintenance or administration of what is just especially by the impartial adjustment of conflicting claims or the assignment of merited rewards or punishments b : JUDGE c : the administration of law; especially : the establishment or determination of rights according to the rules of law or equity
2 a : the quality of being just, impartial, or fair b (1) : the principle or ideal of just dealing or right action (2) : conformity to this principle or ideal : RIGHTEOUSNESS c : the quality of conforming to law
3 : conformity to truth, fact, or reason : CORRECTNESS


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