It took close to 13 years, but finally Hindi film superstar Salman Khan has been convicted for causing the death of a person through rash and negligent driving under the influence of alcohol. The brouhaha that has erupted has primarily to do with the quantum of punishment -- five years of rigorous imprisonment. Salman Khan's sympathisers argue that the punishment is harsh for various reasons. The first is that others have in the past got away with lighter sentences for similar offences. The second is that the actor is engaged in commendable social work, which the Mumbai Sessions Court judge ought to have taken into consideration. And the third is that he appears to have become a victim of the celebrity syndrome. Because others have received lighter sentences in previous cases, it cannot be a ground for similar leniency. On the contrary, the argument should be that there should be no leniency in cases where drink- driving causes the death of people on the roads. The fact that Salman Khan is involved in social work, through his Being Human organisation, has no relevance to the case at hand. Even a saint, if he is found guilty of a crime, has to go through the rigors of punishment the law of the land has laid down.