Even after the Indian Supreme Court this November described the demolition of the 16th-century Babri Mosque as a crime, punishment eludes the perpetrators over a quarter-century later.

Prosecution witnesses, who are often summoned to depose against the accused in a district court in Lucknow — the provincial capital of India’s largest state of Uttar Pradesh — complained of a nightmarish bureaucratic hellhole and tardy justice moving at a snail’s pace. 

Soon after the demolition of the mosque on Dec. 6, 1992, a case was filed against eight people — LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti,

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