“My mother was in ICU and I was attending her at the hospital when police came to arrest us at midnight for a crime that I did not commit.” Deeptanshu Shukla, an IITian who was a topper in his school had never imagined the hard realities of life until he got married.
On 17th November 2012 police had arrived at his house and woken up his septuagenarian grandparents with questions like “where are the criminals? Where have you hidden them” etc?
In his TEDx talk, Deeptanshu had discussed his situation when he had to face a false 498a case and undergo extreme misery. An IITian who would want to contribute more to Indian economy by his professional contributions was made to fight his false case for more than 2 years to disprove the same. With the example of Russel’s teapot analogy, he showed that how impossible it is to disprove something that didn’t happen.
India’s criminal justice system has shifted the burden of proving innocence to the accused in certain cases. That means when someone is innocent and had not committed any crime, he still needs to prove that he had not committed the crime. This had created a legal system which is pro litigation and not pro-justice. So one can file any frivolous complaint on someone else when one wants to take revenge and then the falsely accused person needs to prove the negative which is almost impossible.
That transpires to is a stockpile of criminal cases in India. This was evident when Chief Justice of India had to cry in front of The Prime Minister Mr. Modi for more judges. But will more judges or more courts solve this problem?
Deeptanshu has also raised a point that without trying to stop the inflow of cases into the judiciary; we have tried to encourage the inflow of cases. Instead, if false testimony and false cases are punished that would lead to a reduction in cases and will uphold justice.
Let’s see his complete speech at TEDx JNTUK –
What inspires us is the commitment of his group Save Indian Family who has provided a support system for many men in Madhya Pradesh. The comment section of this Youtube video says it all –
We wish all the best to Superheroes like Deeptanshu who had been fighting tirelessly to uphold justice.