In the 70s and 80s, it was common for many aggrieved parties to approach the underworld DONS for settlement of their grievances. Be it land/ property dispute, family disputes, murders, movie piracy, financial matters etc. One was sure of a fair trial, unbiased hearing, quick judgment, low cost and more so, it went without any appeals. It didnt need an FIR, no lawyers costing a few lakhs per appearance, no Tareekh Pe Tareeekh...and justice was delivered on the spot. The DON played a lawyer, a judge, a defendant and a prosecutor. Famous amongst the DONS were Dawned Ibrahim,ChotaShakeel, Chota Rajan,Haji Mastan,Yusuf Patel,Vardarajan( Varda Bhai) Raman Naik,Abu Selam, Chikna,Gotia, Abdul Kania,Saleem Langda.....list is too long
Unfortunately, thanks to politicians, India is becoming a lawless society. Rapes, Murders and Loot are so common that people have even stopped reacting and have become defensive in the absence of a reactive state and police.
The bad characters are perhaps getting inspiration from the politicians who never seem to get caught as the laws get made or amended to ensure they walk free. In hushed, voices people have been comparing present day justice system, its delays, its costs; it’s repercussions on the civil society,to a dangerous parallel justice system which was controlled by DONS.
Parrallel justice system could not have opertaed for decades unless it was in connivance with the police or because of a weak and corrupt state machinery.
Normally, one would hate to go to DONS for settlements, but, considering the pendency in courts, they say it could take over 300 years to settle. Is that justice?
Unless, corrupt, law breakers and criminals are removed as law makers, unless judicial reforms are put in place soon, Indian justice system just might take a hit, thus inviting an undemocratic system of justice controlled by DONS.
Dawood,in any case, is next door.
let us CHANGE INDIA for INDIA OF TOMORROW