In an unprecedented move, North Indian Khap Federation has offered its services to Government of India and all states for speedy closure of pending rape cases across the country.
The president of the federation, Bala Takkar Singh spoke to the journalists about this offer and stated that only way to prevent rape cases was to dispense quick, almost instant justice and the federation had the template to do just that.
“We have an investigation & prosecution process which can resolve the case, conduct hearing, announce the verdict and deliver the punishment, all within a few hours. Our process is speedy, fair, transparent & objective,” he declared.
Upon requests on sharing more details about the justice system of Khaps, he was forthcoming, “We have a three tier investigation system which works on the principles of natural social order. All the information about the case and the details of the perpetrator and victim are fed into a customized software. The software processes the information, runs the complex algorithms and routes the case through three decision stages with only one clear answer or solution for each one. The use of information technology and modern deductive analysis techniques has added the required cutting edge to the process of investigation. The three decision stages are described as below:
a) At first stage the software provides the respectability index of the family of both victim & perpetrator. The respectability index is the output of a complex algorithm which uses several factors such as net worth, political connections(proximity to govt, MP, MLA, Sarpanch), criminal history (Seriousness of the offences improves the respectability index), whether repeat offender or not (to judge ability to conduct this crime) etc. Whoever is higher on the index is declared to be speaking the truth. Majority of the cases can be resolved at first stage itself and the case goes to second stage only if the respectability index of both families is too close to each other.
b) Second stage is much simpler and is decided on social stratification or in simpler terms, caste hierarchy. Whoever belongs to higher caste is declared to be speaking the truth and the other is pronounced guilty. The rarest of rare cases remain undecided at this stage and go to the third one.
c) The third stage is even simpler and is decided on the principle of survival of science of genealogy. The continuation of family name requires a male member and hence the boy always speaks the truth.
After investigation is over, before the punishment phase, we also have an arbitration process. Established under international conventions governing arbitration, this process provides the framework for parents of both the victim & perpetrator to sit together to induce some legitimacy into the act of rape by getting them married, provided social hierarchy rules permit.
If arbitration fails, punishment is given with heavy hearts. We have a standard template for punishment, though local colour can be added if so desired.
If the boy is found guilty (in the first two stages, that is), he is tonsured, his face is blackened, is made to wear a garland of shoes and is made to ride a donkey through the whole town. Then both (boy and donkey) have to leave the town (or village).
If the government is interested in using our services, we can expand our reach by appointing franchisees. We can add five more states to the present four to our footprint. Our capital requirements can be met by Foreign Direct Investment. With the rape cases in India going up in geometrical progression, there are many who have evinced interest to invest in our business model.” He claimed.