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  • Published at 12:01 am August 8th, 2019
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Bangladesh keeps losing its brightest minds

Let’s talk about reality, not just dreams. 

Imagine a Bangladesh where the cities are clean, green, with decent air quality combined with intelligent people powered by an impartial law and justice system, not just the promises of justice, and abundant jobs for the growing number of people. 

However, this remains a conceit of imagination while random murders are continuously occurring -- how can we dream of a prosperous Bangladesh? 

What are the factors that cause such vulnerable circumstances? Well, the majority of the Bangladeshi people will certainly assert that a lack of justice is largely responsible for such brutal behavior.

Is it only the number of GPA-5s that determines the growth of the country? No, there are a lot more factors involved. 

Most noticeably, a consistent and unbiased application of justice contributes to the overall development of a country, because criminals soon learn that their behaviour will not be tolerated, and law-abiding citizens become more confident and less distracted. 

Furthermore, when a zero-tolerance principle is applied against all the criminals irrespective of their personal and political identities, the number of crimes will significantly plummet, and this will eventually send a good message to the victims as well. On top of that, we also need to address potential corruption in the judicial system from junior police to senior judges.

If wealthy criminals can buy their way out of trouble, then we are only punishing people who commit crimes out of poverty.

In the last five years, murders, rapes, and other illegal activities have increased at an unprecedented rate, which is one of the most alarming things for every honest citizen of the country. 

Are the criminals being brought under judgment? If yes, how can the accused persons remain unpunished despite all pieces of evidence against them? There is no denying the fact that many somehow manage to get out of custody even though they are accused. 

As a result -- a sad indictment -- no one feels justice is ever possible in our beautiful country. For far too long plenty of killings and rapes have occurred and still, no prosperity is conspicuous. Over time, people might forget Bishwajit, Sagar-Runi, Avijit, Nusrat, and Tanu but certainly, their families will not. Sadly, Rifat’s murder has been the most recent instance of that.  Nevertheless, the agencies responsible for the application of justice seem oblivious to these events. Everybody seems to have taken it for granted that they will either die by road accident or by the miscreants. Now the question arises -- while hundreds of victims are being persistently deprived of justice, are we truly independent in this country?

Imagine a group of people receiving no justice whatsoever. Now, will they further rely on the local judicial system?

More importantly, who will take this country to the apex of success in the future?

Most obviously, it is the young generation who will lead this country next. But once they leave this country due to lack of security and justice, this country will run out of intelligent people.

According to the Bureau of Manpower, Employment, and Training (BMET), in 2017 a total of 1,008,525 people went abroad and the number is going higher day by day. 

Admittedly, most people have been disillusioned by the mismanagement of our country and what is even worse is that many established professionals like doctors, engineers, bankers, and businessmen have been migrating to other countries like Canada, Australia, and the US.

If meritorious residents abandon their homeland, it will result in a sharp decline of this country. What is even more dangerous -- this country will be lacking in quality teachers, doctors, and researchers, etc. So, will it ever reach its ultimate goal of Digital Bangladesh? 

The government must take care of this matter if they dream of a beautiful Bangladesh in the long run. How long will our law enforcement agencies remain blind to these horrific occurrences? How long will politicians remain silent on these serious matters?

In my perspective, it is high time for our government and justice departments to act in unison to protect the law-abiding citizens of our country, and think about how they can overcome this devastating crisis and offer better lives for the people of this country.

We should not forget: This country was achieved through the blood of countless martyrs. This is not the country that the Father of the Nation dreamt of, and this is not the country 160 million people expect.

So we ask the government: Please keep our talented future generations at home, make full use of their potential, and save our country by ensuring safety for all the people of our country. 

Mahde Hassan is a freelance contributor.