We all know that India’s constitution is one of the longest and lengthiest constitutions of the world, containing 444 articles in 22 parts, 12 schedules. We have done total 118 amendments till date. In words, our constitution contains 146385 words.
If I ask, what is the purpose of this constitution? Then you may say that its main purpose is to give everybody equal rights. It also promises us to give justice. And this is my point that why is Indian Judiciary slow? Is the present Indian Judicial system able to provide justice to all? Yes they have done it most of the times but the reality is that more than 2 crore cases are still pending in district courts. And if I say that total 27 million cases are pending then what would be your reaction? Yes it is true.
India has the 2nd largest population in this world. And our Constitution slows down the process of providing justice. I am giving you a perfect example for this. In 2014, the Delhi High Court granted divorce to an 85-year old man after a legal battle of 32 years. It ruined all his hopes of resuming a married life again.
Unfortunately this is the condition of our country. It is also said that “Delay justice is injustice.” But there is a reason behind it which is the number of actual judges in the courts. In India, there are only 21598 working judges. And it is too less for a country which has a population of 1.2 billion. At least, India should have 50 judges per million population but it is only 17 per million. Even a former Chief Justice ‘T.S. Thakur’ said that 70,000 more judges are needed. Thus we can say that shortage of judges can shackle India’s growth. Because justice should be provided as quickly as possible otherwise there is no justice.
At last I would say that, To survive in a country like India, you have to know how to fight to protect your rights!