MORALITY

“You are put on trial for abetting a suicide,” says the lawyer to the man sitting on a bench, outside the courtroom. The man ridicule by it, says “if it is so, then so be it.” The lawyer prepares him for presenting him in the court, and specifically says that “whatever happens you will not speak more than what you are asked for.” The man nods in affirmation, but he doesn’t look to agree with the lawyer. Court staff comes to them and says “your trial is next.” The lawyer readies the man and runs through the instructions once again, but the man seems to be indulged in his inner world.

The trial starts and another lawyer starts pitching his case “Mr. Gupta has committed suicide on the 10th of this month, and in his last letter, he held Mr. Kumar responsible for it. My plea is that Mr. Kumar is not just abettor to suicide, but is the murderer of Mr. Gupta.” Fight between right and wrong is already paining Kumar, hearing that he is called murderer, he could not sit silent and stands up to ask to say something. His lawyer tries explaining to him that this is not the way court works, but the judge is lenient with this behavior and allows him to put forward his views.

Kumar says “when I lodged a complaint against Mr. Gupta, I had no idea that he would take such extreme steps, but if I knew that complaints against him would lead to his death, then also my actions would have remained same.” This leads into silence and the whole courtroom including the judge, gaze at him in awe. He continues “in my opinion, morality could not be subjective based on the results, I am saddened by his untimely demise, but that would not change the fact that I suspected him of stealing the company’s money, and I would have lodged a formal complaint irrespective of the outcome. I believed in the system, and if I would have refrained just for the fear of someone committing suicide, I would let every thief just pass by then.”

Judge orders the inquiry for finding whether Mr. Gupta had really done wrong or not. And releases Mr. Kumar based on the pretense that only his name is in the suicide letter, without any context surrounding it.

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