This judgement is a crying shame and blot on Indian justice. But no one has noticed! This judgement is an invitation to communally-inspired murder, pure and simple; and this is the point that has been missed or glossed over by most thoughtful observers. It is a corruption of the very idea of justice (and this is what I mean when I say repeatedly that 'corruption' is the perversion from fidelity, and is not limited to monetary matters). It is a sad reflection that no human rights activists or democratically-minded persons or leftists have even recognised this aspect of the judgement, let alone ask the Hon'ble SC to amend its judgement so as to remove its sinister implications - DS
PS - Please note that the references to the rights and wrongs of conversion at the beginning of the article are in inverted commas, and are a citation from the judgement.
It's not clear whether they're saying there were such grounds for complaint against Staines (the Wadhwa Commission found "no extraordinary increase in the Christian population in Keonjhar district between 1991 and 1998"); or if the judges were merely saying that Dara Singh believed Staines to be converting people.
The judges have allowed their consciences to erase even the natural sympathy we feel about their terrible plight. Their comments - before and after their modification - are tantamount to blaming the victims for their fate. They violate the spirit of the Constitution and the norms of human decency; and they add weight to the normalisation of violence in the Indian polity.
The Abolition of truth - (on the 'parivar's celebration of Gandhis murder)
सत्य की हत्या
Superflous People - review of Rahul Pandita's 'Our Moon has blood clots'
The Broken Middle - my essay on the 30th anniversary of 1984
Shekhar Gupta - National Interest: Secularism is dead!
The Assassination of Mahatma Gandhi
Terrifying implications of the Staines judgement
Murder of TP Chandrasekharan 2012
More on justice in India, the death penalty, etc.