I am a lawyer and actively involved in free legal aid cases. I am reminded of a very pleasant experience a while back. I was handling an appeal in an NDPS (Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances) case, and the same was lying admitted in the High Court.
One morning, around 3 am, I got a call from the accused. He told me that he had borrowed someone’s phone to call me as we don’t get to meet the clients in such cases. I was concerned to hear his version and eventually got him acquitted.
He came to my chamber and offered to pay me out of his jail savings as a token of his gratitude. I was neither supposed to accept, nor did I. He told me, “Sister, I have a married daughter, and her in-laws don’t know that I was serving a sentence. My wife had told them that I was in Dubai.” I was almost in tears at his plight and told him to buy some gift for his daughter’s family with the money he had. I also returned the sweet box to him to distribute in his neighbourhood.
My fellow chamber mates mocked me for being stupid, but my heart was on cloud nine to see the beaming face of that old man. I still remember his face shining with happiness; it overwhelms me till date. ?? He is still in touch with me and never forgets to convey his gratitude. Only my father, who was also a lawyer and witnessed the entire episode was proud of me and gave me a pat on my back. He said that he was proud of the way I had conducted me in such a peculiar situation.
Every profession has a room for compassion only the attitude towards money should be correct.
~ Amita Arora