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Is it that easy to protect witnesses? Imagine this alternate scenario1. Zaheera realised that the penalty for perjury is worse than any pressure2. She testified3. She was found mysteriously dead with multiple injuries and evidence of tortureWhat "penalty for going hostile" is worse than (3), and how do we ensure that (3) will not come to pass?We simply do not have a police system here that anyone trusts. Even in a "civilised", "safe" city like Chennai. So "police protection" for witnesses is no protection. We know how well the police protected the victims in Gujarat.One solution is anonymous witnesses. I don't know how that would work in practice. But if Zaheera could have testified originally in the confidence that her identity would never be made public, perhaps she'd never have gone hostile.
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