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ED: Descending into lawlessness

  • Published at 12:35 am November 17th, 2020
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Why is mob violence still so pervasive in our country?

For quite some time, Bangladesh has had a mob lynching problem, and according to recent data, we have not made significant progress in combating this social ill. Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK) reports that in the first nine months of this year alone, 30 recorded incidents of mob lynching took place in the country.

If we go further back with the data, we can see that from 2011 to September of this year, at least 885 people were killed in mob lynching incidents across the country. This is an alarming trend in the country, and speaks to a breakdown of law and order, and clearly, not enough is being done to stop this trend.

No doubt, there is a tremendous amount of anger and frustration among the public, coupled with a lack of faith in law enforcement officials and our law courts to carry out justice promptly. These issues need to be addressed. 

Of course, no quarter can be given to those who deem it their prerogative to take the law into their own hands -- by committing violence they themselves completely lose any moral high ground. However, we must, as a society, ask: Why is mob violence still so pervasive in our country? 

Our law enforcement personnel have, over the years, gained a reputation for corruption, and our courts are dealing with such massive backlogs that many ordinary citizens no longer consider those avenues as viable options for justice, opting instead for immediate retribution. This retribution, in turn, makes a mockery of justice, and adds one crime on top of another.

This cycle must be ended. Every individual, guilty or innocent, has the right to be heard by the justice system before punishment is doled out. Mob lynchings undermine due process and the rule of law, and push us into a dangerous state of lawlessness.

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