COURTS AND HOSPITALS
Pic.: Shankar Ramachandran
Today, I had been to a local Magistrates' Court in connection with our society matter. Being the Hon. Chairman of our society, I was there to defend.
The old advice is a wise advice: Stay away from courts and hospitals …
I would go to any extent to follow this advice …
But, many times, sickness – yours or your loved ones’ – doesn’t seek your permission to come. Like, my father-in-law is in Jaslok Hospital for more than two weeks now; major part of it in ICU … He and my mother-in-law have been in and out of hospitals for quite many years …
Now, how can my wife and I keep the hospital away?
Similarly, I would never ever think of filing a court case on someone … I will explore all other means of settling the matter outside the court … For, once you are there, you have already got on a tiger’s back …
It is difficult to get off!
But, what if someone drags you there?
Incidentally, I bumped into two of my ex-students who had come there with identical problem: Domestic violence!
One of them said, that he had been coming to the court for over seven years … The other one, with a two-year-old baby, said, that he had been coming there for nearly a year. One of them had an arranged marriage, the other had a love marriage. But, the issues they described to me – during today’s brief interaction – were identical. Both had been dragged there by their young wives … Both had become tired and frustrated.
I have no facts on these young couples’ disputes, except this one: Courts are not the best places to get justice … Our hearts are!
But, at hindsight, I do feel, that hospital and courts are the best places to find spiritual experiences. Yes, often, they send you home as a stronger, wiser and compassionate person …
Am I being too naive?
If I am, so be it.