Monday, 12 June 2017

Kangaroo court: An unauthorized, bogus court

Kangaroo court: An unauthorized, bogus court The Indian Medical Association (IMA) is working on analyzing the incidents of violent attacks against doctors. We have compiled the videos and have found that the attacks on doctors or medical establishments resemble the Kangaroo courts, where when one person starts the act, all present there whether or not linked to the original attacker, join in to ransack the hospital or beat up the doctors on duty and other hospital personnel. It’s like using the herd mentality, or the mob mentality or what in the local parlance is often called ‘bhed chal’. Everyone else just joins the mob without even being aware of the facts. The only instigation required is a slogan “maro doctor ko’ and the rest join in. Up till now we had seen and/heard of such attacks against thieves, eve teasers etc. But such attacks against doctors were unheard of and need to be taken seriously. The recent attack on Dr JP Agarwal in Kolkata is said to be an example where the relatives have denied knowing most of the attackers. Kangaroo courts can be equated to attacks that are mindless. Such kangaroo courts try to behave like an unofficial on-the-spot judicial tribunal or assembly that ignores recognized standards of law or justice. They give the impression of a fair legal process but in fact they offer no impartial justice as the verdict, invariably to the detriment of the accused, is decided in advance. In such behaviors, everyone present there wants to imagine himself as a judge and award punishment right then and there. Such attacks are often shown in movies and invariably are accompanied with police watching as helpless bystanders. “Mob ne kiya hai hum kya karein” is the usual police answer. All should be booked as they carry equal punishments. All efforts should be made by the hospital authorities in recognizing these types of mob mentality and take precautions. Hospitals should be declared safe zones and gathering of people should not be allowed outside the critical areas. The waiting areas should be far away from the critical areas and the dead body, whenever shifted, should never be taken via these waiting areas, where relatives or friends of other patients also may be sitting. Typical scenario: In any dispute at the hospital where a group of people assemble who are emotional and or angry about something. They start behaving like a kangaroo court and deliver on-the-spot verdict. It only takes one act of violence as part of their verdict to whip the nearby crowd into a fury. Others will follow the initial rioter's lead and begin destroying property or hurting people. The mindset of a violent mob is different. Being part of a group can free people of their inhibitions, making them do things they would otherwise never do. They lose their individual values and principles and adopt the group's principles, which, during a riot, are usually to cause destruction and avoid detection. This standard can seem to be a just and righteous one, since the mobs assembled after an act of perceived inequality or unfairness, and the communal emotion can make the cause seem even more important. Being in the midst of a mob can be exciting and powerful, and it can make people feel invisible, they think that as they are part of a huge group, they would not be identified or held responsible for their actions. But CCTV cameras recognize them and can be the grounds to catch them and punish them. Hence, every critical area in the hospital must be manned by voice activated CCTV cameras. It is a settled law that only one person is required to instigate a mob of 100 people. Hame ilaaj karne do...

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