Submission of Movie Reviews
(Something Like A War)
Business, Government and Society
Prof. Ramnath Narayanswamy
Sundar Rajan G S
Justice system in India is inefficient. This has led to the formation of many “parallel” justice systems. Nari Adalat is one such system, which is formed by a group of women, working for the justice of the women. The documentary presents a case of how Nari Adalat works. Ganga, a poor woman, alleges that her husband Jitu wants to marry her 14 year old younger sister Jamuna. The “court’s” investigation of case brings out some interesting observations and questions.
As managers, we use words like “bottom up”, “home grown” so frequently. Nari Adalat is one of the best examples of “bottom up” and “home grown” systems. The group of women, who were hearing the case, were not outsiders. They were an integral part of the village and have come together to solve their own problems. But why should Jitu abide to Nari Adalat? I can understand a women accepting their rules, but why Jitu? This probably explains the compelling influence that society has on a person. When the whole village respects the decision of Nari Adalat, Jitu has to accept it even though it wasn’t an official or a legal entity. Another interesting observation was a lady was taking down notes of the entire situation and eventually, she read out the “minutes” of the meeting. How did this professionalism creep into the system? I would attribute this to the “evolution” of the system. I can think of a Nari Adalat hearing, which went on for a long time. At the end of it, members forgot “what all were discussed”, “what are the next action items” etc. This would have necessitated the recording of proceedings. Clearly, the systems improve by evolution. But is this best way? Not at all. If more villagers had basic education and vocational training,...