Courage at 19 … and 26
Posted by k.r.a.k.t.i.k on February 27, 2006
The Jessica Lal murder case has come up now because of the acquittal of all the accused, including the prime accused Manu Sharma, due to a lack of evidence and witnesses.
What does it say about our society when a young person who was willing to stand up and bear testimony to a crime 7 years ago, talks about “moving on” with his life while refuting all previous testimonies? What kind of pressures are exerted on those trying to speak the truth? Why did it take 7 years at all for this to come to a head?
This isn’t meant to berate Shayan Munshi – neither the 19 year old witness, nor the Jhankaar Beats actor, nor the witness-turned-hostile; what were the pressures or enticements that forced him to change his testimony?
Unless we all recognise them, there will be more Jessica Lals – and that’s not a question of if, but when.