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Action, not words

  • Published at 06:54 pm August 8th, 2018
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This inaction is what perpetuates a culture of impunity, and we do not wish for that to happen this time

The question on everyone’s minds is the same: What now?

And rightly so. Protesters are returning home, and the traffic flow is getting back to normal, but while 22 students were arrested following the violence which erupted two days ago, the individuals seen attacking students and journalists have not been brought to book.

Many of these crimes have been caught on camera, and they show quite clearly the faces of the thugs responsible for these attacks, some of which were carried out on journalists on duty, so identifying and filing cases against them should not be a tall order.

And if they have been identified, why is law enforcement not picking them up? They have, after all, been responsible for injuries to hundreds of people over the course of the last week.

There exists footage that shows that these unidentified individuals were adjacent to the police during the fracas, and there is no reason to assume that law enforcement would find it impossible to figure out who these people are.

Previously, we have seen violence carried out in similar fashion during the quota reform protests, and many of the faces caught on camera were even clearly identified as Chhatra League leaders. Despite this, no legal action was taken against these thugs, which is disappointing to say the least.

This inaction is what perpetuates a culture of impunity, and we do not wish for that to happen this time.

Our law enforcement agencies have a moral and constitutional duty to protect citizens, and arrest and throw the book at those responsible for the violence seen in the past few days.

Words are all well and good, but legal action is what is truly necessary.