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HC issues ruling over govt’s inaction to protect lynching victims

  • Published at 03:50 pm August 26th, 2019
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According to media reports more than 50 people have died in lynching incidents across the country recently

The High Court has asked the government why its inaction to protect Renu and other victims of lynching incidents across Bangladesh should not be declared illegal. 

The bench of Justices Moinul Islam Chowdhury and Md Ashraful Kamal issued the ruling during a writ’s supplementary petition hearing on Monday.

Advocate Ishrat Hasan filed the writ petition with the High Court on July 28.

The writ sought Tk5 crore compensation for the family of Taslima Begum Renu, who was lynched by a mob in Badda on suspicion of being a child abductor on July 20.

The issued ruling also asked why directives should not be given to take effective measures to save lives from lynching. 

Also Read- There is nothing just about mob lynchings

Ishrat told the court that the state had failed to comply with Article 32 of the constitution by failing to ensure the security of a citizen. 

The petitioner also asked the court to order the government to take action to remove posts containing rumours on social media platforms. 

The writ also sought High Court directives to appoint a police officer not below the position of the superintendent of police (SP), as an observer in every district, to protect people from lynching.

The secretaries of the Cabinet, Home Ministry, Law Ministry and Information Ministry, along with the Inspector General of police (IGP), Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) commissioner, and the officer-in-charge of Badda police station, were made respondents in the writ. They have been given four weeks to come up with an answer. 

The respondents have been asked to answer why their inaction and failure should not be declared illegal, in the interest of protecting people from such incidents. 

The court also asked the secretary of the Home Ministry and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to submit a report by November 28 on steps taken to prevent lynching across Bangladesh.

According to media reports, more than 50 innocent people had died in lynching incidents recently.

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