In any other country, such shame would have made the individual retract from public view and live a life of repentance. In India, however, we have the worst criminals wanted for murder, rape, looting, dacoity, extortion, sex-offenders, and terrorism joining politics to escape the law. Worse, some of them are even featured on the Federal Cabinet.
Predictably, the Bollywood industry, probably the most unimaginative and non-economic contributing industry in India, has rallied behind Khan terming the verdict ?arsh? and asking for a commute. Self-serving trial lawyers have also joined this bandwagon. Some actually suggested a two-year bond that will mean he will have to pay less than USD 100 for the crime.
As things go in India, it is very unlikely that Khan will have to go through the 5 years of rigorous imprisonment. It is very probable that his team of defense experts will appeal to a higher court, whips up protests, and funds a publicity campaign to manufacture consent and get the sentence commuted to an easier term. However, the fact that one judge dared to be counted and face the ire of money, politics, and power is enough to restore faith in justice in India.
The question is how Indians world over will respond to this verdict. Will they follow the example of the judge or Bollywood and defense lawyers?