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Mob lynchings are a mockery of justice

  • Published at 11:00 pm January 14th, 2020
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No one can take the law into their own hands

Last year, Bangladesh witnessed a series of mob lynchings that shook the nation to the core.

While the trend died down near the end of 2019, it is sad to see this most heinous of acts resurface, with four people having lost their lives in separate incidences throughout the country.

In Jessore, three men were lynched as they were suspected to be cattle thieves; in Savar a 40-year-old was beaten to death, while a 14-year-old was brutally tortured by a group of people in Gaibandha.

One thing needs to be made clear: There is nothing just about innocent people being beaten, regardless of whether they were suspected of wrongdoing or not. The people responsible for carrying out the lynchings need to be brought to book, despite their reasons.

No one can take the law into their own hands.

The fact that mob lynchings are still a recurrent phenomenon, though, shows that there has been a failure of law enforcement. 

The fact that the public is forcing its way into the position of judge, jury, and executioner indicates that they are wary of the police. Trust in our law enforcement agencies has eroded, and not without reason.

To simply punish those who are carrying out these lynchings, then, would be a half measure, as it does nothing to strike at the heart of why people feel the need to take the law into their own hands in the first place.

Given the already strenuous relationship that the public has with law enforcers, such incidents are, unfortunately, a natural outcome.

But it does not have to be this way. Our law enforcers need to regain the public’s trust, and the first step would be for them to listen.