Judiciary needs to be overhauled: Arundati Roy

Noted writer Arundhathi Roy on Friday said the judiciary needed to be ` overhauled` in order to ensure justice to ordinary people.

Updated: Feb 05, 2011, 00:33 AM IST

Kochi: Noted writer Arundhathi Roy on Friday said
the judiciary needed to be ` overhauled` in order to ensure
justice to ordinary people.

`The judicial system has to be overhauled in a serious way
to ensure justice to ordinary people," she told reporters
here.
Referring to the 2G spectrum scam and the Radia tapes, she
said money could buy anything in this country. "All
institutions of democracy have hollowed out."

Feminist politics had become an NGO activity, she said
adding `sexual abuse alone is considered as women`s issue by
people involved with women`s rights`. But there were 90,000
Maoist women in Chattisgarh "who can be wiped out" any moment.

Here the women were actively linked to issues of politics
and displacement and that too was a women`s issue, she said.

The Maoists were "trying to protect their rights" and their
"retaliation" was termed as terrorism, Roy said.
Roy said most of the successful writers had nothing to do
with "the terrible reality of our time" and all they "want is
to win prizes, make money and become famous. They move from
festival to festival."

For her, a writer`s duty was to record injustice and think
of more ways of addressing it.

PTI