Mirchpur case

In April 2010, a dispute between the powerful and influential Jat, and marginalized Dalit communities of the village Mirchpur in Hisar (Haryana), led to setting ablaze of the house of a 70-year-old Dalit and his physically-challenged daughter, resulting in their death. This ghastly act went unpunished and neglected for long, till a Supreme Court mandate transferred the case to Delhi’s Rohini court (to maintain neutrality). Justice Lau not only made a visit to Mirchpur, but also saw to it that the fast-tracked case got her special attention. Unfortunately, initial dilly-dallying of the case had already resulted in the alleged tampering of evidence. Still, 15 persons were convicted, with three of them getting sentenced to life imprisonment. The case was a perfect recipe for trial running into decades, but thanks to Justice Lau’s perseverance, the verdict was delivered and sentencing completed, within nine months from the date the case was transferred to her court. She used previous judgments effectively to cut through the clutter of adjournments (no prizes for guessing, that it would have required immense preparation), and used video-recording of statements to hasten up the process. When one accused was let off since he himself was from the aggrieved caste (there’s a corresponding provision in law for that grace), she went on to suggest a revision in the law. It shows her intent and commitment to strengthening of laws. Surely, law stagnates if it doesn’t evolve with the changing times.

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Dr.Kamini Lau , A doctorate in law, she is at the forefront of a concerted effort to use existing provisions of law, as means of making the country’s legal system more efficient