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<%-- Volume Number --%> Vol 1 Num 157 <%-- End Volume Number --%>

June 4, 2004

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Moral Downfall

Around 15 or 20 days ago. I went to the JU campus with my sister and while we were rambling through quite a forlorn place, we came across four young guys smoking. At first, we didn't pay any attention to them but as we moved ahead, we clearly noticed them taking dyl (phensidyle) along with some other unknown drugs. I was indifferent to the scene as it is quite common among youths in our country but my sister came to a standstill and gazed at them with wonder. It was surprisingly daring for these youngsters to be doing such an act in a public place. The gang noticed my sister staring at them and started to make dirty comments. Though I tried to let it go, their comments got nastier and I totally lost my temper. I picked up a brick and threw it at the group. It hit one of them and a conflict was soon to follow. I was injured too. However, my sister quickly called my uncle, who lived on the JU campus and he came and managed to sort out the situation. Obviously, such immoral acts in public are not a good example for our future generation.

M Anwarul Bari Mazidpur, Savar

The Wrong Arm Of the Law

Some days ago at around 1 p.m., I was on my way to class. The sun was scorching hot. Near New Market, I pictured two handsome police sergeants riding on two giant motor bikes. They were on a mission: to capture illegal rickshaws and load them on a truck. They seemed to be totally enjoying their power. At one stage, they stopped a rickshaw whose passenger was an old lady. Before even checking whether that rickshaw was illegal or not, they compelled the woman to get down. At that moment, the shocked lady had nothing to do but to comply. She got down and looked helpless under the burning noon sun, as she found no other rickshaw in sight or any other forms of transportation, for that matter. Though the officers were performing their divine duty of beautifying Dhaka city by making it 'rickshaw free', the least that they could do was hail another form of transportation for her. Still, the old lady had to suffer. It was ironic because it is this old lady's tax money that pays these policemen. Though they are supposed to protect and serve, they are simply making life a little harder for the people of this beautiful country.

Md. Mahmudul Hasan CSEDU

In The Loo

Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) deserves praise for its initiatives to set up more than 70 modernised public toilets in different places of the city. No one can deny the necessity and importance of public toilets in such a densely populated metropolitan area where millions of people have to spend their time outdoors. Given the terrible condition of existing public toilets that have become the nuisance for passers-by rather than their relief, most people consider it better not to use those toilets even if they are in critical condition. People have no choice but to make use of footpaths, drains and other open places beside the road when nature calls. I hope people start to rid themselves of such unhealthy habits and make full use of the new facilities that will be completed very soon. However, I am doubtful as to how long these new toilets remain worthy of use without proper care and maintenance because in such cases, regular monitoring is crucial to ensure the intended service to the public. Another important factor is the security in these public toilets both for male and female passers-by. The area has to be free of social nuisance, outlaws and any other disturbing elements that may harass the people. Moreover, it should also be cleaned regularly and be properly equipped with water and electric supply. To make the project a success, the concerned officials should constantly be kept updated about these and other public facilities.

Md. Arif Sadeq Department of English, DU



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