Often, while travelling in buses and trains, we come across people who leave a leaflet on our laps and proceed to distribute it to every passenger. These leaflets usually tell a sad story and ask for financial help at the end. Most people read through these and give them back or spare the person a few rupees. But we fail to wonder why they still look for help when there are lot many organisations and government institutions in our country that take care of such people, treat them and, provide them with food and accommodation.
The Kochi Post came across a Facebook post by advocate Rahul V.I., in which he has given a shocking revelation. He says that nomads, beggars, and migrant hawkers, who have been arrested for stealing or any other offences, often have no guardians or relatives capable of taking them on bail. But they are still being released on bail by the mafia. The surprising part is lawyers, who are designated by the mafia, appear for taking bail even without the knowledge of the accused. It is obvious that the mafia, which employs them, stands to benefit when these people are out on the streets.
“Every time this might not be the case, but the picture is more complicated than it seems. I once had to work as a remand advocate, who is meant to provide legal aid for the accused who is not in a situation to hire an advocate to go ahead with the court proceedings. But when a theft case was brought to the Court that included two women from Tamil Nadu as accused, I had to appear for them as, according to them, they didn’t have a lawyer. However, when I informed the same to the Court I was embarrassed as I was informed that a lawyer had already appeared for them and moved a bail application,” says Rahul.