HUSSAINARA KHATOON & ORS V. HOME SECRETARY, STATE OF BIHAR
K. Keerthana, School of Excellence In Law, Chennai
The Judiciary being the ultimate protector of the rights of everyone, the citizens look up to this organ of the government with great respect and eternal hope. Judiciary is the independent institution that provides respite to the problems of the society. This casts a very heavy responsibility on the organ to maintain the sacred aura attached to it.
The development of any nation is dependent upon the effectiveness of its justice system. Hence, there is an urgent need to ensure an effective speedy trial and that no justice is delayed. Despite the increasing reliance on Courts, there is still a section of society that is unable to approach it due to poverty and unawareness. This makes the need for legal aid a basic necessity.
The very reason why people go to Courts is to attain justice and relief. It is more fruitful when justice is served hot. This landmark case of Hussainara Khatoon is a few decades old which implies that the need for a speedy trial was realized way back. But even today, there is a backlog of a plethora of cases which makes it necessary for us to visit these judgments and take effective steps to rectify the situation as early as possible.