Thursday, October 27, 2005

High Court Orders Squatter Eviction in Delhi

A Delhi Court has ruled that the city must remove squatters from public lands, expressIndia reports. Of course, the judges didn't express any worry about where the squatters will go. It's the old cliche: out of sight, out of mind. Pitiful.

The judges seem to blame the squatters for the mess. If it's true, as they wrote, that "this kind of encroachment develops into a nexus between various wings of authority as these illegal encroachers are allowed to stay in permanent poverty only as they serve as vote-banks,’’ then the solution is to prosecute politicians for corruption, not to blame the squatters, who are simply doing what they have to do to get shelter.

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