How Accountable a Home ministry be

Md Rezaul Karim By Md Rezaul Karim, 28th Feb 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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How Accountable a Home ministry be is really a question of judgment and morality and ethics which is in question in Bangladesh.

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One wonders what it will take for the government to finally turn their attention to the law and order situation, which has been on a sharp decline with each passing day – something the government is still in denial of. According to report front-paged in dailies, the law and order situation has witnessed a drastic slide during the month of July, compared to even the month of June, with 11 more murders, 52 more robberies and 21 more kidnappings. One can easily assume that with Eid-ul-Fitr round the corner, the figures will indicate to a much sharper rise during August. Furthermore, it is worryingly indicates that incidents of murder, kidnapping and mugging had risen much higher in 2010, in comparison to 2009, and taking into account the figures for the first seven months, the indications are that in 2011, it will read much worse. Yet, members of the government including the home minister and the state minister for home, have on a number of occasions claimed that the law and order situation was better than anytime in the past and continue to insist, despite the obvious fallout in the recent weeks and months, that the slide is not out of control.
Without making individual references to the endless list of murders, robberies, rape and vandalism that have hit the headlines in recent months, as well as the numerous stories circulating through word of mouth, which are often never reported, it does not require statistics to tell us how horrendous the law and order situation is. People are being attacked and mugged in broad daylight, in almost all parts of the city, as well as elsewhere in the country. Lately, a Bengali daily reported the death of a 12-year boy from Natore, who was traveling to Rajshahi Medical College on a microbus with his parents following a bout of asthma attack, when 20-25 robbers held up an intersection of a road for a couple of hours by felling a tree and detaining as many 16 vehicles, including theirs, on both sides of the road. Al-Amin, already short of breath, choked to death as his parent were beaten up by the robbers while they begged them to let them pass through so that they could make it to the hospital on time. A police patrol vehicle, meanwhile, was on the same road that the mass robbery took place, according to the local police station. One can only wonder what the reaction would have been if Al-Amin’s parents had major clout in society. It is however not far-fetched to assume that the prevailing lawlessness may very soon start claiming high profile victims.

The ordinary people of Bangladesh are living under a great sense of insecurity, thanks to the incredulous failure of the home ministry to do little but provide sound bites for the media, in arresting the drastic law and order slide, and when people at large finally decide to burst out, even the ministers fellow lawmakers or the executive could very well fail to save them. The ministers immediately need to take steps to ensure the safety of the lives and livelihoods of ordinary people, or else quit their jobs.
Interestingly, the Constitution of Bangladesh Article 49 awarded an authority to the President's office to have the rights and authority to mercy any sentenced criminals which have been abused by the ruling parties all the time. Fantastically no one is allowed to question about the moral and ethical aspects of this kind of waiving the supreme courts verdict against any criminals. Though it’s mentioned President's office, actually the process shows the whole party is involved and political criminals get lose even after directly involved in killing and convicted and sentenced by the Court and rejected appeals. Should there be any authority above the Law; Justice is some kind of questions. Again if you do so, you will be charged for contempt of Court!


Home Ministry, Law And Order, Police

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
I am a teacher engaged with the Southern University Bangladesh. I Like to use my spare time by writing and reading. I take it as a fun and source of inspiration in pursuing knowledge.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
28th Feb 2012 (#)

Terrible to live in a corrupt nation.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
29th Feb 2012 (#)

We pray to live in heaven after death, as we have already suffered our punishments for our sins!
Thanks Mark.

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author avatar Buzz
29th Feb 2012 (#)

Public officials are accountable to the people. Thanks, my friend, for sharing.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
1st Mar 2012 (#)

Thanks Buzz.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
4th Mar 2012 (#)

They (Public Officials) are accountable to the people who put them in office.
Take care, Rezaul.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
4th Mar 2012 (#)

But they don't heed Ivy, until another vulture imposed from the sky!

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