Amid public outcry in the country on the recent rapes, murders in Kathua in Jammu and Unnao in Uttar Pradesh, the Bombay High Court on Thursday said, “India seems to be nothing but a country of crimes and rapes.”
A division bench of justice SC Dharmadhikari and justice Bharati Dangre said, “Today, when senior-most executives of the country go abroad, they are confronted with questions as to whether like-minded, liberal thinking, secular individuals are safe in India.”
“Today, nobody from the outside world wants to be part of our educational and cultural set-up,” it added.
The observations came after the bench was hearing a bunch of petitions on investigations into murders of rationalist Dr. Narendra Dabholkar and Kolhapur-based communist leader Govind Pansare.
Dr. Dabholkar was killed in Pune on August 20, 2013, while Pansare was shot at in Kolhapur on February 16, 2015. While the CBI is probing Dabholkar’s murder, a special investigating team led by the Kolhapur ASP in Pansare’s murder.
The judges were peeved to note the investigation in both the cases almost reached a dead-end.
Senior advocate Ashok Mundargi, who represented the state, however, maintained the SIT investigation has not reached a dead-end.
The bench spoke their only concern was that these cases should not meet the “same fate” as some cases in the past.
The judges felt the agencies won’t get any result unless they outsmart the accused, signaled the bench, warning that they will have to summon senior officials from the state police force and CBI, if the agencies failed to progress in investigation until next hearing on June 28.