For victims, seeking justice can be fatal! | 2019-07-16

For victims, seeking justice can be fatal!

Mahabub Alam

16 July, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Seeking justice by those who lodge complaints with police can be fatal as they are often forced to keep their mouths shut or stay away from seeking legal help, according to victims and researchers.

Experts have blamed lawmen for their “softness” towards offenders and “indifference” for those who file complaints against criminals. Sadly, politically backed local representatives also side with the criminals.

Shariar Afrin, an assistant professor of Criminology Department at Dhaka University, said, “It is the duty of law enforcers, especially police to take action against the accused and ensure security of the victims.” 

This correspondent also tried to talk to the assistant inspector general (media) of Police Headquarters, Sohel Rana, by telephone for his comments, but he did not respond to the calls. 

In a recent incident, an accused of an attempt-to-murder case stabbed and hacked to death the plaintiff, Mohammad Jewel,30,  at Adabar in the capital last week.

Shahinur Rahman, inspector (investigation) of Adabar police station, confirmed the matter.

Shahin, younger brother of Jewel, said his brother filed a case against Mizan, Khokon, two local influentials, and others with the respective police station for attacking him three months ago.

“The accused started threatening my brother after filing the case. As soon as police detained Khokon, my brother was killed,” he said.

Shahin, in tears, told this correspondent if all of the accused were arrested then his brother might not have been killed.

On May 17, a young man named Redwan Redu was killed by thugs after his mother, Shahida Begum, lodged a complaint with Khilgaon police for attacking her son and his cousin at Khilgaon a few days ago.

Shahida said local influentials, Juna, Kalu, Tapan, Kamrul, Dela and some others, had killed her son.

“If police took proper action against the accused, they might not have killed him,” she said.   

In the sensational case of  Nusrat Jahan Rafi, an Alim examinee, was set afire at her examination centre at Sonagazi Islamia Fazil Madrasa in Feni for her refusal to withdraw a case filed against Principal Siraj Ud Doula of the madrasa for harassing her at his office room on March 27.

The cohorts of the principal committed the crime.

The burn victim succumbed to her injuries at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital after fighting for life for five days.

Feni SP Jahangir Alam was withdrawn to police headquarters while Sonagazi OC Moazzem Hossain was suspended and arrested for negligence in duties and other charges.

Noman, brother of the victim, lamented saying if police took a prompt action then the criminals might not dare to kill his sister.

Shariful Islam Rubel, former general secretary of Kafrul thana unit Sainik League, was killed at East Kazipara in Kafrul on August 10, 2015.

Rubel’s wife Sheuly Akhter filed a case with Kafrul police accusing Kamal alias Pistol Kamal, Shahin, Falan, Saiful, Khokon alias Datvanga Khokon, Harun alias Vangari Harun, Kala Faruk, Hafiz, Syed Monir, Kallal, Mursalin and Abdul Khaleque. Sheuly told this correspondent that her husband had filed a case with police after he was attacked, but police allegedly did not take any action.

“People will not lodge any complaint to police if they are killed afterwards,” said Shariar Afrin.  

She highlighted the fact that slackness by the police only encouraged criminals to repeat crimes.

A professor at Dhaka University, asking not to be named, also blamed  indifference for encouraging offenders and attack those who filed cases.

“Police high-ups should take up the matter and ensure safety of the complainants,” he added.