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  • 'Extra-judicial killings': Arbitrary as a process, random in its effects

    To this writer the expression “extra-judicial killing” is an apt illustration of the term “oxymoron”— that is, words put together which contradict each other. The expression has most likely been coined by journalists, and perhaps social scientists and rights activists, and curiously is not found in the legal lexicon. One could ask if there is actually anything like a judicial killing and if not, how could there be sense or meaning in the expression “extra-judicial killing”?

  • Some thoughts on the anti-narcotics drive

    Multiple deaths occurr-ing during the ongoing anti-narcotics operations have given rise to sharp reactions. While some quarters feel that the government of the day has seized of the gravity of the drug menace, others take a very critical view by saying that the authorities have indulged in rambling actions without seriously venturing to grasp the root of the malaise and adequately punish the masterminds. Some critics would doubt the very credibility of the

  • How relevant is the existing quota system?

    The recent demonstra-tions by students demanding an end to the existing Bangladesh Civil Service quota system in the recruitment process deserve urgent attention of the government. The rationale for the introduction of the quota system had its roots in the policy for recruitment to public service that was adopted in September 1972.

  • Coping with the cops

    Recent events relating to the serious wrongdoings of law enforcers may prompt the wary public to conclude that the misdeeds and gross dereliction of duties by our policemen have become a pathetic, recurrent reality and that nothing much can be done to change the situation.

  • POLICE RECRUITMENT: The worrisome abdication of power

    It was quite surprising to read the report that some senior police officers had proposed the suspension of their regulatory powers of

  • Let’s start with accountability

    January 8 marks the beginning of the Police Week 2018. Like previous years, there would be solemn exhortations to enforce the law impartially and protect human rights in public interest.

  • Looking beyond the failures of policing

    There could be no two opinions on the significance of responsible law enforcement in a democratic polity.

  • Apartheid in our neighbourhood!

    The expression “apartheid”, according to the Oxford Dictionary, means racial segregation, especially in South Africa. I am not sure if apartheid has, in real terms...

  • The tragedy of August 21

    Remembering the mayhem of August 21, 2004, we have to agree that the horrendous crimes committed on that day have left an indelible impact on the course and character of constitutional politics in Bangladesh.

  • 16th amendment verdict and the judiciary-executive dissonance

    At the crux of the debate is the concept of separation of powers and specifically the independence of the judicial organ of the state. It also brings to the fore the aspect of immutability of some features of the Constitution.

  • For a desirable prosecution service

    This newspaper has very rightly commented that the government's decision to start a permanent prosecution service by employing professional lawyers is a welcome move. In every criminal prosecution, the State is the complainant on behalf of the aggrieved people and it is thus only proper that public interests do not go by default on account of extraneous factors.

  • Honouring a young hero

    Without delving into the mystery of the virtue we call courage, we may perhaps say that courage is ubiquitous and is widely talked about and universally held in high regard.

  • For an inclusive national election

    Very recently, a think tank in association with electronic media arranged an animated discussion under the title “Political process and participatory election”, in a roundtable format at a local hotel.

  • The long battle against militancy

    The actual and potential damage caused by religious militancy or the so-called 'Islamist violence' can no longer be brushed aside in our parlance. Owing to factors both internal and external, this writer believes that even the pragmatic objective of marginalising religious militancy would actually be an awesome task, not to speak of eliminating religiously motivated violence. The reasons for such a view are grounded in reality.

  • Only social media cannot influence law enforcement

    The heightened media response and public outcry prompted by the rape of two girls at a Banani hotel in Dhaka city deserves

  • The unresolved Taqi-Tonu-Mitu cases

    Urder has always been the most grievous and heinous of all criminal offences in any society. Every civilised society intends to inflict

  • Independent judiciary a must for democracy

    Wise politicians and erudite jurists have time and again observed that an independent judiciary is the very heart of a republic.

  • Babul's ordeal and our faltering institutions

    The heart-rending episode of Mohammad Babul's 25-years-long imprisonment and acquittal thereafter without the charge being proved as reported in the media is by all means an indelible slur on our civilised existence.

  • The cost of honesty

    The humiliating spectacle of the uprooting of the nameplate of an Assistant Commissioner of Customs at his Chittagong office, allegedly by enraged clearing and forwarding agents, along with the transfer of the said official in indecent haste, has unfortunately not evoked the desired reaction.

  • Police Week 2017: Of police professional

    Police Week 2017 commences from today. It is time to once again dwell on the imperative of police professionalism because to ensure good governance, maintenance of public order and peace are preconditions. In doing so, the rule of law is facilitated that characterises a democratic society.

  • Forestalling extrajudicial killings

    A democratic polity venturing to maintain order by repression and criminality is actually creating ultimate disorder because in so doing it creates a link between social order and atrocities.

  • Schoolbag, judicial activism and the deficits

    We commend the Apex Court for their timely and sensitive decision to limit the weight of school bags that students are forced to carry, due to ever increasing number of books, notebooks and other material.

  • Beyond policing: Two sterling examples

    In big business and commercial parlance, one comes across the now familiar concept of 'Corporate Social Responsibility' (CSR) that, in real terms consists of promotional activities geared to improving the acceptability and image of an organisation.

  • Countering the other fundamentalism

    In view of the grisly and gory attacks, allegedly state-sponsored, on the Rohingya Muslim minority of neighbouring Myanmar, it would not be out of place to take a serious look at the menacing face of the other kind of fundamentalism about which the international community has not been desirably vocal.

  • Bangladesh High Court

    The apex court's concern

    In a scenario where the police have not been able to adequately transform it and the political class of the country is not

  • Handcuffing and human rights

    For handcuffing, the nature of the accusation is not the criterion. In fact, the clear and present danger of escape or breaking out of police control is the determinant. For determining that there must be clear material record, not glib assumption, of reasons and wherever applicable judicial oversight and summary hearing and direction by the court.

  • Arrest and remand: Behind the apex court's salutary directives

    Media reports have it that the Supreme Court has issued a 19 point guideline for police, magistrates and judges to stop arbitrary arrests on suspicion and torturing arrestees on remand.

  • Tackling the shameful bigotry

    Even the greatest cynic would agree that the attacks on the minority Hindu population and their properties and places of worship, though intermittent, have been a blight on the democratic and secular credentials of Bangladeshi polity.

  • Jail Killing Day: Our forgotten shame

    The macabre assassination of four national leaders, revered as the founding fathers of our democratic republic, on November 3, 1975 shall continue to haunt the nation for a painfully long time.

  • Public servant

    The unbecoming public servant

    While the prevalent wisdom seems to lay all the blame at the door of the politicians for most of our ills, if not all, this writer does not know how our discerning citizens have reacted to the indiscreet behaviour of a prime public servant of a prominent district who, on the eve of his departure on transfer, reportedly, attended 33 farewell receptions and accepted quite unabashedly expensive gifts including gold jewellery.

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