Too often we have seen people disappear into custody and their families receiving either silence or unhelpful, ambiguous replies
As per the law, any individual detained by law enforcement agencies has to be produced before a court of law within 24 hours.
But on Monday afternoon, 12 youths allegedly picked up by police six days ago were remanded after being produced before a Dhaka court by law enforcement.
In the meantime, their parents had been kept in the dark regarding their whereabouts -- families of the missing youths even held a press conference at the Crime Reporters Association of Bangladesh seeking information and demanding release of their children who were picked up by police on September 5.
It is not clear what the students are being accused of, but preliminary findings indicate they were possibly involved in spreading rumours during the road safety movement.
Even if that is the case, due process must be maintained and families of the detained should be informed of the whereabouts of their children, and given assurance that their rights are being protected in custody.
Allegations of torture being carried out in custody against some protesters are worrying, and do not bode well for due process and transparency.
Too often we have seen people disappear into custody and their families receiving either silence or unhelpful, ambiguous replies from law enforcement -- this trend needs to stop.
Families and loved ones of those picked up by police deserve answers, and an environment of transparency and mutual cooperation would go a long way towards restoring public faith in law enforcement, which right now seems to be in peril.