Forced disappearance mulled for traffic violations | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, January 25, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:54 AM, January 25, 2020

Forced disappearance mulled for traffic violations

Frustrated with the lack of progress in road safety rules, a meeting of top level government officers of Kabadia, a country far from here, has mulled legal enforced disappearances to check the issue. 

During a session of the country’s lawmakers, many demanded that the law enforcement agencies secretly arrest those who break traffic rules to put an end to road accidents, which have increased alarmingly in recent times.

They also called on the government to amend the existing law to incorporate a provision for “enforced disappearances” for those who violate rules.

“If such people suddenly vanish, then the crimes they do would vanish along with them. And no rights activists will be bothered because it will happen in such a clandestine way that it won’t ruffle any feathers,” a Kabadia lawmaker, under the condition of anonymity, said.

During the session, one of the lawmakers stressed the need for tougher laws and said, “We have been vanishing political opponent for years. Why can’t we do the same for the traffic rules violators?”

He added, “The person who we know has commited these crimes does not have any right to stay alive anymore.”

Another lawmaker followed up by demanding that a charter on what gives citizens the right to be alive be created. “If we can come up with such guidelines, those who transgress on what we put down can be instantly disappeared. Because by violating those conditions, they will have violated their right to live.”

In a delayed reaction, one of the leaders of Kabadia’s ruling party said the lawmakers may have become too emotional, but their hearts are in the right place.

“Yes, perhaps the measures they are demanding is too extreme but road rules violations is also a serious thing and needs to be tackled immediately,” he said.

When asked how he was wearing such an expensive watch, given his salary, he asked the gathered reporters to stick to the topic.

“This is not about my watch. It is about enforced disappearance of traffic rules violators, which is a fair thing to suggest,” he said.

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