Can anything be misrepresented in the name of art? Is nothing sacred? Will we allow a flag which doesnt resemble ours, to be passed of as our national flag? Similarly shouldn't the law of the land be sacred?
Watched the movie Aitraaz. Sexual Harassment is a serious issue. A man or a woman can be sexually harassed at work. But are the scenes in the movie a realistic depiction of the legal procedure? Not only was the procedure unrealistic, even the definition was wrong. Surely when you hit another person on their posterior everyday as a greeting , its sexual harassment.
Bollywood doesnt like Hollywood comparisions. But can we imagine a Hollywood movie where the legal system is misrepresented?
What is the logic behind Censor Board, if movies misrepresenting legal procedure is cleared. Just because many movies in the past have done it doesnt mean others should be able to do it in future.
What is the literacy level in India. And what is the legal awareness level? How many today think its better to not get involved with the legal system, even as a witness? What will be easier, paying off a cop, or going through the legal system.
People worry about a seer's image if a case against him is not cleared on time. What about those who can't afford decent lawyers? What is the credibility of the system when its easy to get a warrant against the President?
For any society to function well, respect for the law is essential. (Thanks to the movies, the cases will be finished in couple of weeks and there is no procedure and just lengthy emotional dialogue and a judge who just says � order order� to courtroom laughter.) I dont think any other professionals would keep quiet if their procedures are potrayed wrongly. If a Surgeon in a movie, is shown to operate with an axe, for dramatic reasons will the medical profession remain quiet?
Judicial reforms are required. But why will the MPs care, when people dont care. But how will people care when they dont know the details? And when we dont have any medium to create legal awareness, atleast we can stop blatant misrepresentations? How will people demand for change, when they dont know what to change.
Ironically if the Lagaan movie director had decided to change a cricket rule and had decided that for a dramatic effect, a person would not be out if the bails fall but for a "bowled" wicket all the 3 stumps should be knocked down, it would have created more furore.
Its not acceptable to mispresent a cricket law, but who cares about the law of the land?
Suggestion : Perhaps irresponsible potrayl of the legal system be penalised by a 1% tax on its revenue to discourage it
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