How should we react when we see four young innocent faces in tears after they were released from a long jail stay for no crime? And how should we react when we see a brat of 16 years being taken away to freedom and safety from his crime scene by the law enforcers? We feel aghast at the amount of injustice being meted out to the four.
In the first instance, three young boys and a girl who had set up an NGO with government registration to give shelter and education to street children were accused of child trafficking.
Police acted with lightning speed to arrest them at the moment the uncle of one of the sheltered boys complained of trafficking. They did not bother to investigate whether the allegation was true. They did not think twice to see the young faces of the altruistic boys and the girl.
The day they were released a long letter addressing the prime minister was posted on the Facebook, detailing the injustice these young people were facing. The same day they got out on bail. Sadly, their case was not quashed immediately.
And we media are at fault too. We reported what the police told us in the beginning. We did not do our own investigation to tell the truth. We failed miserably.
In juxtaposition, we are again appalled the way the crime of the 16-year-old boy, Fareez Rahman who happen to be the nephew of former Awami League lawmaker HBM Iqbal, was handled by police. This boy was drunk driving, hit two rickshaws and grievously injured four persons.
As photos posted on Facebook show, police escorted the boy out of the scene in a motorbike. No case filed against him as police said the victims did not lodge any complaint. Here we feel at a loss about the behavior of police. Isn’t drunk driving a crime? Isn’t causing a road crash a crime? Shouldn’t police move on their own to sue the offender for these? Do we need to rewrite our laws? Do we need to have a new lesson in criminality?
Such incidents make us feel insecure against the criminals and the powerful. We feel our lives are not covered by the law. We feel completely exposed to and insecure against injustice.