One Day, Three Cases, Four Convictions
Today I visited a small court about three hours from my office with my colleague, an advocate. The judge had told us he would pronounce judgment today; we hoped it would actually happen. And it did. The court found all defendants in three separate cases guilty and sentenced them each to a year in jail and a fine. This is the first conviction we have seen in our time here, and one of the most important in the history of our office. The realistic threat of prison will transform the community where these crimes were committed. Some of the richest, most powerful and best-connected men in the town have been held responsible for repeatedly exploiting upwards of 40 vulnerable, lower-caste people who could not protect themselves. We hope this begins to chip away at the sense of impunity those with influence feel to violate the laws that are designed to protect those with no influence.
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