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Cheated workers denied justice

Cheated workers denied justice

In January last year, Mosharraf Hossain along with 26 other Bangladeshis went to Iraq to work for a construction firm. Some local brokers arranged their jobs through four Bangladeshi recruiting agencies. Each of the poor men paid Tk 2.5 lakh for the job in what the agencies said was an Iraqi company. Like in most cases, they gave the money without any receipts. Under the verbal agreement, they were to get a minimum monthly pay of Tk 25,000 plus lodging. But when they landed in the Middle East country, there...

Man faked coma to evade justice

Man faked coma to evade justice

A fraudster conned an elderly neighbour out of £40,000 and pretended to be quadriplegic for two years in order to evade justice before he was finally caught by police going on shopping trips and on holidays with his family. Alan Knight had mounted the deception after engaging in an elaborate fraud in which he...


Limon's ordeal ends

AFTER more than three years of hell, the tribulation of a hapless boy of 19 has come to an end. While Limon's legal battle might be over we wonder whether he has got justice. Can the state recompense his losses in any meaningful way? On the brighter side, Limon should consider himself lucky he has lost a leg only; more unfortunate victims of police coercion are not alive to tell their tale. Limon was made the target of deliberate victimisation...

Widow Tortured to Death in Pirojpur

'Bring killers to justice'

'Bring killers to justice'

Bangladesh Mahila Parishad, Pirojpur district unit, yesterday formed a human chain in the town, demanding arrest and punishment of the killers of Makhuli Begum, a widow who died on Sunday allegedly following torture by some neighbours. Locals said, due to merciless physical torture, the woman died at Khulna Medical College and Hospital (KMCH) on...


The unusual resolution

IN a time and clime wherein speedy disposal of public affairs, particularly conflict resolution, is not a virtue, the news of the disposal of twenty cases within four to ten days by a recently retiring senior judge should have been welcome news to all. Unfortunately, however, the saying “justice hurried is justice buried” appears to be uncomfortably credible according to reports emanating from authoritative sources. Media reports have it that the chief justice has decided to take action against a...


Drug court's verdict welcome

IN a welcome judgment a Dhaka drug court on Tuesday awarded the highest punishment under the law to a pharmaceutical company owner and her two staff members for manufacturing an adulterated drug for children. Being the first case of such conviction, the court has thus set the stage for holding to account other spurious drug makers, the deadly impact of whose products is yet to be unraveled.   The convicted drug manufacturer, as the case statement goes, was responsible for...

A call for women's justice

A call for women's justice

IN the Foreword to the book, Melanne Verveer, former US Ambassador for Global Women's Issues, introduces its underlying theme:  “Women and Transitional Justice:  Progress and Persistent Challenges in Retributive and Restorative Processes is an important and much-needed contribution to understanding the crucial role of women in peacemaking and transitional justice.”  The author, Mayesha Alam, of Bangladeshi origin, is an Assistant Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, USA.  In her words, “Women and Transitional Justice considers, from a theoretical and practical standpoint, how the inclusion of women affects transitional justice processes and their outcomes as well as how to better practice gender mainstreaming in transitional justice initiatives that...

Protect canals, playgrounds

The High Court yesterday directed the government to take necessary steps immediately to protect canals, playgrounds and parks across the country. In response to a writ petition, the court ordered five top government officials to instruct the district administration to take steps in this regard and submit, after complying with the directives, a report before it within 30 days. The five officials, asked to implement the order, are secretaries to the ministries of local government and rural development, environment, water resources,...

Rana Plaza Collapse

Cop probe goes nowhere

Even a year after the Rana Plaza collapse that left at least 1,135 people killed and scores maimed, police have yet to complete probing the country's worst industrial disaster. Seven out of 21 accused in the three cases filed in this connection have already been out of prison on bail from the High Court. Three other accused including Sohel Rana, owner of Rana Plaza, have also secured bail from the HC in two cases. They are, however, still behind bars, as...

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