The peril of instant justice in jodi picoult’s novel ‘Perfect Match’
Reeti Shreekant Shetty
Instant justice, also known as vigilante justice, involves a person or group taking the law into their own hands without any authority. It is a measure people resort to when they believe that the law is incompetent and cannot get them justice. It is easy for an accused to get bail. People fear approaching the court as it might add to their troubles. Instant justice is a menace to society, and lately, the cases have been increasing. Why is this happening? Has law and order become obsolete? Are cases involving instant justice justified? These are some questions that the research attempts to answer. Justice should never be instant, and the judiciary should follow the due procedure to ensure that no innocent person is wrongly punished. Instances of victims and witnesses being harassed by police, a flawed legal system, and delayed justice are some factors that add to the frustration of the people who resort to instant justice. This research aims at providing clarity on the peril of instant justice and its adverse effects on society. It attempts to understand the causes and mental state of people who justify instant justice and take the law into their hands. Finally, it strives to find a correlation between instant justice and inefficiencies in the legal system, which incites people to take the law into their own hands. The question raised here is that how far a person can go in the name of love and justice.