Laws That Punish Without Adequate Proof Can Only Create Anguish

Enforcement of Law and order will help countrymen abide by strict rules and regulations. You just can’t bypass the laws of the land for your own pleasure. I believe we need to stick by law and follow it most rigorously. But what happens when the law has very nascent and raw ways of dealing with things? That’s the flipside of inducing laws and if you are on the other side of it then there is no limit to your anguish. One of the incidents that happened with me a few months back left me shell-shocked.

I was returning from a party

with my friend at around 10 pm in the night. My friend is a complete non-alcoholic. He is very religious and he has never even had any non-vegetarian food in his life. I had sipped a few drinks and so my friend was driving the car. Some cops stopped us at the corner of the city road and asked my friend to produce his license and RC book. One of cops had a breathe Analyzer and he asked my friend to breathe into it. He informed us that the breathe analyzer had detected that he was drunk. We were shocked. I told him that I was drunk and he had never drunk in his life. Even after repeatedly pleading to the cops they treated us like criminals. The cops refused to
believe it and fined 2000 INR and even confiscated my friend’s RC book.

Now I am really not sure what the law says. Drinking and driving is a crime but how do you guarantee the accuracy of the breath analyzer especially when so many people would breathe into it on a daily basis. Are these equipment’s really foolproof? I obviously think they are not for I know for sure that my friend wasn’t drunk. So why isn’t a foolproof way like blood test mandated before laying a fine on someone for drunken driving? Cops are sharp enough to understand the difference between an obviously drunk person and a not so one. If your breathe analyzer is faulty then anyone could be charged.

I think we need to make our testing tools and laws more mature. Fining someone right away on charges that were never committed could raise eyebrows against the authenticity of law and order. I hope some sensibility prevails before treating anyone as criminal.

Article Written By FAREED SIDDIQUI

I am an Individual Member of Institute of Management Consultants of India. I am a Professional with a high creative capability based on Business, Management, Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Finance and Management Consulting Field. I impart part time training and development programs. I write professional articles on business & management, business English and Software Engineering.

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