Sensational Criminal Cases in India – A Study on the Recent Developments
St. Joseph’s College of Law, India.
Volume III, Issue IV, 2020
India is the second most populous country in the world and with increase in population, the crime rate also shoots up. Sensational crimes are those heinous crimes which leaves a nation shell-shocked and deeply affects the standard of living for law abiding citizens who wish to live peacefully in their social environment. Some of the popular sensational cases are the Parliament attack case, Mumbai terror attack case, Nirbhaya rape case, Unnao rape case, Kathua rape case and the recent Hyderabad rape case.
The nation at large is affected by such sensational crimes causing a sense of insecurity among all. Huge controversies are created in the news and social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram about these crimes. Some Human Rights activists and advocates opine that the death sentence awarded to the convict is definitely not a solution, while some members of the Parliament demand stringent punishments for the convicts.
This research paper highlights the present stance of the Supreme Court in the sensational criminal cases of the past. The research paper is divided into two sections. One section deals with those sensational cases that involve actions committed against the state like terrorist activities. The other section deals with sensational rape cases which has brought out a huge wry among the women of the country.
In the light of the recent guidelines put forth by the Apex Court in the appeal filed by the Nirbhaya rape case convicts, the research paper discusses the sensational criminal cases where the Supreme Court is going beyond its normal way of interpretation and enunciates new principles in order to act as precedents for upcoming cases.
This research paper seeks to provide relevant solutions on how the Supreme Court can deal with such sensational cases and provide speedy justice keeping in mind the concept of public consciousness. Secondary sources of information like acts, journals, newspapers, reports, etc. were used to carry out this research.