What is the rationale in delaying these trials?
For all the progress that Bangladesh has made over the past years economically speaking, very little of it is reflected in our inefficient, needlessly bureaucratic, and often corrupt justice system.
A recent Dhaka Tribune report shed light on the staggering amount of cases, which purport to violence committed against women and children, being left in a state of limbo within the various courts strewn across our country for years.
As of January 1, a total of 160,751 cases, filed under the Prevention of Women and Children Repression Act, have been left pending, according to the Supreme Court. And if any of these cases eventually do make it to the trial process, the proceedings are usually put on hold through stay order issued by the High Court.
What excuse does our judiciary have to continuously delay justice to the hundreds upon thousands of women and children who have suffered from violence being imparted on them in Bangladesh?
In Bangladesh, women and children are victimized every day, and while there is already a great discrepancy between the number of incidents and the number of cases filed, it is highly demoralizing that for victims who do gather the courage to file a case against their perpetrators, our inefficient justice system seems to have next to no intention of speedily doing their job.
This inefficiency and lack of effort are what ultimately leads to abusers and criminals being emboldened and committing further such crimes with impunity. And if they are eventually brought to book, many accused perpetrators manage to come out unscathed through legal loopholes.
As things stand, there are still 930 cases which have had stay orders issued against them.
What is the rationale in delaying these trials? Because, after all, justice delayed is justice denied.