It is not as if justice is generally done to all victims of crime and that the decline in the rate of conviction in rape cases alone is something to be outraged about (“Prospects of justice for rape victims in free fall,” March 11).

The Indian criminal justice system rarely delivers justice. It provides employment and opportunities to many, and scope to harass and intimidate ordinary people. The rot started when the jury system was abolished and was never reintroduced. Juries have their drawbacks but they ensure justice, and a fair and speedy trial.

As for the higher judiciary, its ‘landmark' decisions have done little to promote the capacity of the courts to deliver justice. The system has not done anything much for the whole population — offenders and victims alike — a point the media have failed to note.

George Isaac,

Kottayam

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