A week ago, India woke up to the devastating news of 4 men raping a veterinarian and burning her to death. Today, India woke up to the news of their encounter.
The Hyderabad police claimed to have killed all 4 of the accused when they tried to escape and since then, has been receiving huge appreciation from a section of people who are calling it a necessary and a bold step.
There can't be a better beginning to the day. All 4 accused of Hyderabad Rape case killed in an encounter by Police. Awaiting same fate for Unnav accused too.#HangRapists #HyderabadHorror #DishaCase pic.twitter.com/C3QqFc1NOY— Shail Sharma - CA🇮🇳 (@shailu_CA) December 6, 2019
A father in Kerala had to kill the rapist and murderer of his 13 year old daughter, coz a Kerala court let the rapist out on bail. The ‘juvenile’ in the #Nirbhaya case is a free man with a sewing machine. In such a situation, how can one NOT be happy with the #encounter?— Shefali Vaidya (@ShefVaidya) December 6, 2019
However, there are also people who do not agree that what happened was correct.
Questioning the legality of the encounter, some of them pointed out that the 4 men were accused, they were not proven guilty by the law. And that instances like these might set a wrong trend.
Remember Ryan School Murder Case?— Dhruv Rathee (@dhruv_rathee) December 6, 2019
Police arrested a bus conductor, who confessed that he murdered. Later, CBI investigated & found that police forced him to confess & real culprit was someone else
What if same thing happened in Hyderabad case?
That's why fake #Encounter is bad
Shocking. What have we become? What proof was there that these were real culprits? Do we have information on investigation and evidence which prove crime beyond doubt? They perhaps didn't even have a lawyer, didn't get a hearing. Killed in #Encounter and we are celebrating?— Sanjukta Basu (@sanjukta) December 6, 2019
Now nobody will ever know if the four men killed by the police were innocent men, arrested fast to show action. And whether four of the most brutal rapists roam free, to rape and kill more women.#EncounterNight #Encounter https://t.co/LEXxSKWzre— Karuna Nundy (@karunanundy) December 6, 2019
And what on earth were the police "investigating" at 3.30 am all this time later? When they were sleeping during the golden hour of evidence, refusing to register an FIR, when the young vet was alive?— Karuna Nundy (@karunanundy) December 6, 2019
While there were also arguments that these encounters just go on to show the lack of faith people have in the law and how our justice system has failed the country.
There are so many people exulting over #EncounterNight, amongst them people who have lost faith in the slow court system and bad prosecution - Governments are squarely responsible. This needs to be a wake up call to 1. Appoint more judges and police, after assessing them for 2/n— Karuna Nundy (@karunanundy) December 6, 2019
gender orientation. 2. Strengthen investigation so the right people are caught, and fast and 3. Bring in robust witness protection programmes— Karuna Nundy (@karunanundy) December 6, 2019
Seniour journalists like Faye DSouza and Nidhi Razdan also lent their voice to the matter, and said that these encounters should not be celebrated.
This is not justice. This is the police breaking the law . It’s dangerous. The legal system exists for a reason. https://t.co/5aoSRTLt2I— Faye DSouza (@fayedsouza) December 6, 2019
Astonishing. Police encounters cannot be normalised like this. We have courts and a legal system for a reason. https://t.co/J8s7EZwQwH— Nidhi Razdan (@Nidhi) December 6, 2019
An opinion they share with many others.
Do you know consequences of normalizing #Encounter ?— Md Asif Khan آصِف (@imMAK02) December 6, 2019
◆Next time police will arrest random ppl to save their own image.
◆Kill them to satisfy conscience of society.
◆Politicians will take benefit of it.
◆Real criminals will be free.
◆You can be Next?#hyderabadpolice
Public celeberations of killings by police is bad enough, participation by police in celebrations is a give-away. Complete collpase of police system. Most probably complicity of many higher ups in this 'brave' act.— suhas palshikar (@PalshikarSuhas) December 6, 2019
There is no law that sanctions killing of an accused of any crime. We hv failed as a state, first to protect the victim n then t unlawful killing of the accused. System remains unchanged, we can't encouter evrytiim a crime happens.#hyderabadpolice #HyderabadHorror @the_hindu— SPT (@SatyanandaTrust) December 6, 2019
The same #hyderabadpolice that first refused to file an FIR when the sister of the victim approached them, argued over jurisdiction, did not search the area around the toll plaza immediately when the family reported her missing and had asked whether the victim had a boyfriend? https://t.co/wHTcsuLOyV— Rohini Singh (@rohini_sgh) December 6, 2019