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Legal Movie Review (When They See Us)

The Central Park jogger case (events also referenced as the Central Park Five case) was a criminal case in the United States over the aggravated assault and rape of a white jogger (later publicly identified as Trisha Meili) during a series of reported attacks in Manhattan’s Central Park on April 19, 1989.


“When They See Us is primarily focused on the racist logic of the policing, court, and prison systems that cost the five defendants their childhood. The acclaimed filmmaker Ava DuVernay tackles one of the most significant criminal cases of the 1990s with her miniseries When They See Us, which premiered on Netflix on May 31. In four episodes, DuVernay provides the most complete account of the impact of the “Central Park Jogger” case on the lives of the defendants and their families. On April 19, 1989, police found the body of a 28-year-old white woman in New York’s Central Park. She was covered in blood and nearly dead after a brutal sexual assault. Trisha Meili, the injured party, was not the only victim of the night’s horrific events. So, too, were Raymond Santana, Kevin Richardson, Korey Wise, Yusef Salaam, and Antron McCray—the kids, ages 14, 15, and 16, who were wrongfully convicted of her attack. Despite no DNA evidence, fingerprints, blood, or semen linking any of the black and brown boys to the crime, all five defendants grew up in prison, each one spending between six and 13 years behind bars. The series also profoundly illuminates some inherent problems in American criminal justice from a range of perspectives”
By referring to the above points we can say that the rights of the victim are to be protected but not at the expense of the rights of accused. The rights of the accused are equally important as that of a victim. So, by keeping regard to both the rights of the victim and the accused; a particular case, by the means of law can be brought to justice.
And the related sections of the Indian Penal Code that deal with these offenses are :
S. 307 (Attempt to Murder)
S. 351 (Assault)
S. 375 (Rape)

So, to cut it short. As they say ‘The eye sees, but it cannot see itself’


(Rahil Amin Mir is pursuing law at Central University of Kashmir)