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Independence of Judiciary is a political concept - Dr. Shahdeen Malik

Looking for justice - Hameeda Hossain

When the will is far from the way - Dr. Faustina Pereira

Reform imperatives for the police - Muhammad Nurul Huda

Strong judiciary for functional democracy - Sheikh Hafizur Rahman Karzon

The rule of law-how distant is the dream! - M. Abdul Hafiz

Separation of judiciary and beyond - AMM Shawkat Ali

Let the police function by law, under the law and for the law - Dr. M. Enamul Huq

Swamped by a culture of impunity - Aziz Rahman

'Speedy Trial Tribunal can not be a temporary or a substantive solution' an interview with former Chief Justice Mostafa Kamal

Law and order - also politicised - Dr Rowan Barnsley, team leader of a UNDP project spoke to Kaushik Sankar Das of The Daily Star

When will we have an Ombudsman for Bangladesh? - A H Monjurul Kabir




THE constitutional aphorism that all are equal in the eye of law has become more of a cliché than a realised ideal in our context. In spite of the constitutional guarantee for justice and fair-play to all people, presence of institutions and availability of a capillary of laws, the justice system has failed to reach out to the common man. This is all the more unfortunate because: (a) Bangladesh was achieved through a Liberation War that aimed at justice for all, political, economic and social; and (b) we have had a democracy reincarnated for the last more than one decade.

The reasons are not far to seek: judiciary is not independent from the all-powerful executive, instruments of power have been abused, lower judiciary is by and large corrupt and vulnerable to executive pressure, case-loads have been exacting on the judiciary leading to justice delayed being justice denied and being costly.

The just-retired Chief Justice has aptly said that our poor are deprived of justice given the system we presently have. While we have shown a tendency towards legislating more, law enforcement has been flawed and weak, itself requiring reform, although we never tire of saying we need reform of law. Little wonder, there is a culture of impunity feeding largely on poor enforcement of law. In all, justice has not permeated the individual level.

In this segment of the supplement, we have focused on the inadequacies of the system and have had some eminent experts suggest areas where reforms are necessary.



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