Our justice system is based on the premise that better that 10 culprits go free than even a single innocent is punished. No doubt that is as it should be Incidents such as yesterday’s ‘encounter’ are certainly worrying. Tomorrow it could be any of our near and dear ones who might be wrongly victimized for some crime they never did. But the wide spread reforms which we all want in the judiciary as well as the police force might never happen or even if they ever do, there may be many females who will fall victim to such crimes by the time those changes are in place. Will our parliament have he gall to legislate some severe punishment such as castration for all rapists and their accomplices (like in the Unao case) within a week? Will they legislate that once an accused is convicted in a fast track court, he will not have the right to appeal in any other court or to the President? That is the kind of urgency and deterrent which will be needed to put the fear of God into the minds of potential rapists in this country. We shudder for our male relatives who could potentially be victimized in such actions. Do we shudder equally for our female relatives, near and dear ones who could be victims of such crimes if potential criminals are not stopped in their tracks for sheer fear of such consequences - right or wrong? An Unnao is what happens when the justice system takes its own course and the 'accused' are let out on bail. If all men including terrorists (like Kasab - he was even given 5 star treatment in jail at the tax payer's expense) and rapists have a human right to be innocent unless proved guilty (sometimes even with thousands of eye witnesses and CCTV footage as in Kasab's case), what about the women? Are they all 'guilty' (not innocent) or are their lives of lesser value? Is it fine for men to throw acid on their faces, rape them, burn them, mangle them .....? It is all fine to talk unless one is the victim or a near and dear one is affected. Instead of blaming the people who are baying for justice, it is time to criticize the lack of quick and efficient justice for the victims? Question the failure of the police in taking the victim's father and sister seriously when they went to lodge a complaint. It is becoming a crime to be born female in this country. And YES. ANY MAN irrespective of political of financial clout who dares to rape or molest any woman MUST face the same consequences. In this particular case, I have no praise for the police. They did not do this out of any innate sense of justice, but just to cover their own backs after the way they botched up the case on the very first day. I am furious that the police involved are only suspended and not thrown out of their jobs. No justice system is infallible. Even if it were the judiciary which sentenced these people to death or even life imprisonment, there will always be a risk that an innocent is falsely implicated. So do we eschew human justice altogether to ensure no innocent ever gets punished?