We have witnessed bountiful accounts of how artistically men, who are financially and politically powerful, wriggle their way out of criminal cases. Most don’t even get identified in such cases. Those who do, build enough alibis, make suitable alterations and hire lawyers who have a knack for finding loopholes in the legal system, letting them walk out as free birds in no time.
A ‘promising’ case in similar light seems to be that of the Millionaire, Ehsan Abdulaziz, a property developer based in the United Kingdom. The man allegedly raped an 18-year-old in her sleep, on the couch of his residence, in August last year.
The two met at the Cirque le Soir, a nightclub in the UK’s capital city, London, where the teenage girl was accompanied by Abdulaziz’s long-term female friend. They went to his residence where he engaged in sexual intercourse with his friend. Meanwhile, the victim slept on the living room couch, only to wake up to find the accused forcing himself upon her. She tried to wake her friend up, but to no avail. Finally, somehow managing to call the Police, she got out of there.
Upon getting arrested, Abdulaziz said nothing except challenging the victim to “prove it”, saying that it was the victim who had put his hand between her legs. However, when the DNA reports pointed to the presence of traces of semen he elucidated that his penis was still erect after having sex with his friend, and there was semen on his hands. In a more recent interrogation, the accused made further additions to his statement and was quoted saying, “I fell and penetrated her by accident”. (SERIOUSLY!!-_- )
The said communiqué is nothing short of being contemptuous.
We are well aware of the political hegemony that underlies cases like these. Closer home, the condition is no different, and in some scenarios I am afraid to say, it’s even worse. The recent dismissal of charges laid on Salman Khan is a fitting specimen of this, proving how easy it is for such people to even ‘kill’ and be unaffected by it. Similarly, the death of Jagendra Singh, a freelance journalist who was burnt to death for having knowledge of the role of an influential politician in a certain case of rape, further solidifies such hypothesis.
However, one cannot deny the other side that the picture presents. Sadly, some people would sink to any depth, simply to guzzle fame (for some reason!) and monetary benefits out of such associations with the Rich.
Nevertheless, it is hard to believe that this could be the case in the said manifestation of events where the accused is continually adding to his testimony and refashioning it with the discovery of each new fact.
As the trial progresses, the world would sure be keen to have its eyes on what more comes out of the inquisition of both the parties and in whose favour the verdict cascades; whether it is justice that prevails or the might of privileged social position.