New Delhi: Renowned economist Amartya Sen on Saturday said that judgement and penalty for corruption cannot be a matter for street justice but should come through democratic procedures and clarified that he had not said that "street people" were unable to be clear headed about tackling corruption.
"What I had, in fact, said was that the judgement and penalty for corruption cannot be a matter for street justice, and must come through the democratic procedures that we cherish in India, including the courts and the Parliament," he said in a communication.
He was clarifying the remarks he had made earlier this week here while delivering the keynote address at the launch of UN ESCAP's sub-regional office for South and Southwest Asia here.
The noble laureate said, "I believe the Indian people are fully committed to that democratic priority, rather than 'summary justice'."
He said what they really complain about is that the democratic procedures are not being applied sufficiently vigorously and stringent to corruption.
"This is indeed an important, and this understanding is very far from any dismissal of the ability of 'street people' to comprehend the political challenge arising from corruption. Quite the contrary, it is an endorsement of what, I believe, Indian people want." he said.
Sen said, "We do not have to tie accused people to trees to deliver summary justice to meet the demand of most Indians to extend the process of democratic accountability in a more full-blooded way to corruption."
He said it was also important that the issues of equity and deprivation, undernourished children, illiteracy, lack of medical care and will receive immediate attention in the country's democratic politics.
"We want Indian democracy to work for removing injustice and inequity, rather than catering primarily to the established and powerful voices," Sen said.