Bollywood’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan who is out on bail in the 2002 hit and run case is now in Dubai for the Arab Indo Bollywood Awards 2015. Even as he enthrals the audiences at Dubai’s Meydan Racecourse, a part of me remains in suspended dis-belief that a person who was convicted barely weeks ago, not only managed to forego his sentence but actually gets permission to go out of the country for an awards night which is dotted with other celebrities too like Priyanka Chopra, Varun Dhawan and Parineeti Chopra. I am assuming that the High Court must have duly considered the matter before giving its nod.
Another news story with regards to another very famous Hollywood Star is doing the rounds. Yes you guessed it right, I am pointing towards Pirates of Caribbean star, Johnny Depp. Reports indicate that he could be facing even 10 years imprisonment for smuggling his dogs out of Australia. New reports indicate that the Govt is contemplating action even against the pilot of the flight as well. The matter took a turn for worse when they were quietly smuggled out following the furore after they were brought in illegally. Australian Government officials confirmed that Depp could be facing 10 years in jail or the maximum penalty of $340,000 and the pilot may be imprisoned for 2 years.
As the debate on according special treatment to Depp because of his Star status continues, I wonder how this matter would have been dealt with had Depp been India and violated an Indian law? Also I am sure Depp can higher the most influential legal names world over to save his case and Australia sure boasts of significant fan following for Depp. The irony of the situation however is overwhelming. How come the penalty for killing and ruining innocent lives while driving in an inebriated state and smuggling in dogs illegally is the same? Is it fair, is justice indeed blind? Has justice been really served to those homeless whose lives were ruined on that fateful night?