Friday, June 19, 2009
What's wrong with the justice system?
It boggles the mind.
When Ruby Barrameda sought the temporary protection of the court from a husband who physical abuse her, and who also asked the court to grant her custody of her children, whom she had to leave behind because her spouse refused to allow her to take them with her, the judge not only refused the first request, but allowed the husband to keep the children while the custody case was being heard!
What reasoning, I wondered, led that judge – a woman at that, to deny one who had been the victim of domestic violence protection? And worse, why should the judge not grant the mother at least temporary custody of the children - both under 7, one is less than a year old at the time of the request?
Apparently the husband opposed the custody request of his wife on grounds of abandonment – she had left them behind.
Imagine that. Husband beats wife, driving her figuratively out of the house, and then claims that she abandoned her children, so she should not be granted custody. That is akin to children killing their parents, and then asking for the court’s mercy because they are orphans!!!
If she abandoned them, why was she asking for their custody so soon after? But apparently, as mentioned previously, the judge fell for the husband’s line sufficiently to allow him to keep the “abandoned” children for the time being. For her, it must have sounded like a death knell, which as it turns out, it literally was, because her body was found burried in the ocean inside a steel drum full of cement. She was gone missing on the day she went to visit her kids.
This is a very high-profile case here and is being talked about. But there must be many more, not only here but in other country, where people who have run to the courts as their last resort, expecting succor, get slapped down instead.
Are the judges involved incompetent? Or is it a lack of integrity that is involved – another form of “golden rule,” where he who has the gold gets the favorable ruling? And as the media reports make clear, this kind of rot goes all the way up to the Supreme Court.
Pray this won't happen to anyone you know...