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The Court’s Verdict:
The Indian Judicial System has given its verdict on the 01st of July 2011, 03 years after the brutal death, and Maria Susairaj has been set free. A Mumbai court sentenced Maria Susairaj to 03-years and her boyfriend Emily Jerome Matthew to 10 years in prison, but since Maria has already been in prison for three years, she has now been allowed to walk out free.
The People’s Verdict and Protests:
As news channels reported the verdict, there was widespread anger and disappointment among people everywhere who had been following the Neeraj Grover murder case for these last 03 years. And of course there is bound to be wide-spread criticism with this judgement, as it is justice denied to a young man who was killed in cold blood. As per a Mumbai court, Maria was only sentenced for destroying evidence, while Jerome was convicted under the less harsh 304 (1) section of Culpable Homicide not amounting to murder.
How can a woman who kills a young man be let off so easily? How can a person, who brutally kills and then chops up the body before burning it, be sentenced to only 10 years? What are the sentences for life imprisonment and execution reserved for then? Can there be any crime more heinous or more brutal than what Jerome has committed?
Earlier, Maria had confessed her role in the entire murder. Now, as soon she knew that Jerome was equally responsible in this, she shifted the onus of the blame on her boyfriend, conveniently changing her confessions and telling police that it was he who had done the murder, and then proceeded to rape her. Police did not find any signs of injury on her body, nor were there any marks of resistance on Jerome’s body. If it was rape, wouldn’t there be at least some form of resistance on Maria’s part? A girl who is in a committed relationship has sex with a single young man just to land herself a role, while she misleads the young man to believe that they are ‘together’, and all the while, the boyfriend in the long-distance relationship hears another male in his girl-friend’s bedroom at 2 in the night, and upon asking her to ask this man to leave, she promptly disconnects the call. And when he lands at her place before dawn, he finds them in the bedroom in a semi-naked state….doesn’t the girl have any part in the murder then? She has sex with this young man barely a couple of hours before he is killed in her own bedroom, then she has sex with her boyfriend in this very same bedroom, in front of the body of the young man with whom she had sex a while ago and then killed. Even if she says she did not kill him, she admits to picking up the chopped pieces of his body and dumping them in the bags one by one. And still the Indian Justice System feels that 03 years is punishment enough for this monster.
During the initial confessions, Jerome was simply made to look like an accomplice. Later, when Maria found her chance of dumping the ‘body’ weight on a different shoulder, she quickly chose Jerome as the scapegoat and decided she would let Jerome rot while she herself would come out clean. A man who kills a young man and then chops his body, then has sex in front of the body, before proceeding to fill up the body parts in the body and driving to find a perfect spot to burn it, is 10 years enough punishment for such a crime? Incidentally, Jerome has never given a confession, while Maria had confessed to killing Neeraj in the initial stages of the arrest.
In the meanwhile, The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has said it will hold a protest if Maria Susairaj enters the entertainment industry. MNS said that it would do its best to stop any efforts made by media houses or film directors to cast Susairaj, and for one of the very rare times, I am in complete agreement with the MNS threats and really wish they carry out what they have threatened.
And like I always believe in and say:
"Heal the world we live in
Save it for our children" - MJ
Debolina Raja Gupta