EULOGY BY P.B D’Sa NATIONAL VICE PRESIDENT OF PUCL AT THE FUNERAL OF MR. DAVID D’Souza PRESIDENT PUCL D.K
David Norbert D’Souza – Though made of a small stature, he was like the David of Biblical fame, an embodiment courage and sacrifice.
If we look back on history, it becomes very clear to us that the society or the humanity has reformed, not because of Kings or rich people. It has become what it is, because of sacrifices of ordinary people. Look at the history of Christians. It is a poor carpenter’s son and a few ordinary fishermen who have built Christianity as the most powerful religion on earth. For India’s Independence, thousands have died. South Africa is another example.
PUCL was born exactly forty years back, after emergency was declared in India by Indira Gandhi on 26th June 1975, by a few opposition leaders who were jailed. PUCL was born in Jail. Today it is one of the most powerful and reputed Human rights organization, not only in India, but the entire world.
It is true that now and then we are faced with resistance and false cases fabricated by the police and by the government, that we PUCL have to face
Since David became the president of PUCL in Dakshina Kannada 5 years back he was a terror to the corrupt in the police department and many a corrupt government officials, whom he exposed while helping the last and the least, the poorest of poor.
Last Thursday that is on 2nd of July 2015 he went to the police station at Kankanady, to defend an innocent man, on whom a life attempt was made, by his own wife and son, for money. He was in railways department about to retire. Few days before retirement, an attempt was made on his life. A case was booked as an accident. At the intervention of David the entire scenario changed and a case for attempt to kill was booked, few corrupt police were supporting the wife, hence the clash.
Eye witnesses, say that David was pushed and pulled inside a cell. Stany the victim was not allowed to go in. David was tortured. Stany could hear his cries of anguish and in ten minutes David’s lifeless body was being hurriedly taken in a car to the hospital by the police. But stany was not allowed to accompy the body .
Police is misleading the family and members of the public that it is simple heart attack. We ask a simple question, How the heart attack was caused? Is it not because of the shock treatment he received at the police station? What was the necessity to take him to the next room by four policemen? And what made David cry out loudly?
It is a case of custodial death, we are moving the human rights court on this issue.
Post mortem report will be available in 15 days we are told.
After 68 years of independence, why still is Police not performing their duty? Why are they not people friendly?
In the words of Edmund Burke – All that is necessary for evil forces to win in this world is for enough good people to do nothing.
Einstein said – There is evil in this world, not because of evil people but because good men, who do not do anything about it.