Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Judicial System in Bangladesh is Discouraging to law-abiding citizens seeking justice

The judicial system in Bangladesh is really bad where criminals can get away with so much ease. A personal experience may shed some light. Since April of 2005 when a very powerful criminal gang (with ties to a BNP political leader) intruded our family properties in Khulshi, Chittagong, my family has been keen on seeking justice for the crime of the land-grabbing syndicate. At the time they evicted 16 tenant families and demolished nine homes, and yet they only served a month of their 6.5 year prison term, later all released on bail.

On January 30, 2008, the same syndicate again tried to break into our properties by beating our guards and breaking a wall on the roadside. This matter was widely reported in many Bangla newspapers in Feb. 1-5. We tried to incriminate the gang for that intrusion attempt also. However, today I learned from my father that the Chittagong court has nullified our case for lack of sufficient evidence. Whether the judge was managed or not by the criminal syndicate, this kind of crime, even when it is covered in the media correctly, seems to go unpunished. It is so painful to observe such rulings.

When the system conspires against its law-abiding citizens, I guess very little people could do to stop criminals.

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