Though many citizens call it ‘landmark judgement’, victims of 2002 hit-and-run case say they are not affected by it. They want compensation.
“My back aches if I stretch it. I still have to take medicines when it becomes unbearable. My livelihood was affected and I can’t earn anymore. My younger brothers take care of me now. The verdict doesn’t really affect us in any way. How do we benefit if he is sent to jail? I received Rs 1.5 lakh in compensation, but it was spent on my treatment. We’re poor and the jail term won’t fill our stomachs.”
“What’s the point of getting the judgment after such a long time? We heard lots of good things about Salman in our village and in the city that he helps the poor and needy. But he did nothing for us. Sometimes I used to think that he will come to us, try to understand our family problem and provide us with some help. But it remained a fantasy. I believed that all his helping hand stories are imaginary.”
Salman Khan’s Toyota Land Cruiser after it crashed into a bakery in Bandra in 2002 hindustan times
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It appears that although some claim that justice has been done, it has failed in helping the victims in any form. Punishing the guilty is not enough; a justice system must also find a way to properly compensate the victims – as is done in the West.