Shariful Islam | The Daily Star
  • Shariful Islam

  • Convictions are hard to come by

    Cases relating to women and children repression hardly see any convictions because many complainants bring false charges of dowry-related torture and killing just to get the cases tried in fast-track tribunals.
  • Hard to get justice

    Less than 2 percent of all rape cases filed in the last five years ended in conviction. This is mainly because many perpetrators force the victims to settle the matter outside courts and the legal process is so humiliating that the victims back out. Data for Dhaka metropolitan areas paint an even grimmer picture. Just 1.06 percent cases saw convictions in the last 15 years, according court and prosecution sources.
  • Gold, crime go hand in hand

    Customs Intelligence's raid on Apan Jewellers and finding 286kg gold apparently without valid documents reveal nothing new since the jewellery business in Bangladesh has been going on for decades with smuggled gold.
  • Japan still remembers his heroics

    The day started like any other day for AG Mahmud on September 28, 1977. He was in a regular cabinet meeting that day. As the air chief and deputy Chief Marshal Law Administrator who was also holding portfolios of some ministries, this was business as usual.
  • Hefajat Horror: Probes stop for silence from top

    Police probe into 58 cases filed over the May 5-6, 2013 Hefajat mayhem remain stalled as the investigators await further instructions from the government on the next course of action.