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No place for custodial abuse

  • Published at 07:12 pm August 9th, 2018
Law
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Every single person, whatever their level of prominence of social status, has the right to due process and to be treated fairly


When a person is taken into remand in Bangladesh, they are almost guaranteed to emerge from it in notably worse shape than when they entered. 

We have, sadly, developed a certain apathy over the years about custodial torture and mistreatment -- but the reality remains that the use of physical violence to obtain “confessions” is not acceptable, and our indifference gives the authorities carte blanche to continue with such abuse.

We trust that the authorities will keep this principle upmost in their mind, especially with respect to the student protesters as well as noted photographer Shahidul Alam, who is in custody.

Indeed this applies for everyone.

Allegations of torture or severe custodial abuse speak terribly of us all, and we cannot accept them as a routine part of our legal apparatus. The practice of custodial torture demeans us all as citizens of a democratic nation. If there is one thing we must change about our law enforcement, it is this. 

The authorities have a basic duty to uphold the rights of all citizens, and that includes citizens in remand or in prison, regardless of the severity of the crime with which they are charged.

Every single person, whatever their level of prominence of social status, has the right to due process and to be treated fairly -- law courts and trials exist for a reason.

Let us no longer equate the word “remand” with mistreatment and abuse. There is no place for custodial abuse of anyone in a civilized country.