Dhaka,  Thu,  24 August 2017
Published : 02 Aug 2017, 20:50:00


No sooner has one incident of rape together with torture and shaving of heads of the victim and her mother upset the collective psyche of the nation than another rape followed by murder of a four-year old toddler devastates the moral constituents of most people. The first incident of Bogra is a classic case of unbounded crimes fostered under political umbrella. The main accused Tufan Sarker linked to powerful political quarters has reportedly long earned infamy by drug dealing. Once made quick money, he started leading a lordly life like the infamous mafia. His dalliance then found a new avenue in extra-marital sex. The debaucher used both guile and force to rape a student seeking admission to a college. Then it was his wife, wife's elder sister who is a councillor and the two sisters' mother who summoned the girl and her mother to their residence where both of them were beaten up and had their heads shaved in order to inflict humiliation. 

The second incident involving the four-year girl is both shocking and nauseating. Shocking because the 35-year brute could target such a moving light of the clustered houses where everyone considered her a joy to watch. Nauseating, because any man can degrade him so low! This is abominable and outrageous. Bangladesh society is fast sliding into an unfathomable abyss. True, an equation between predator and prey has always existed in some form or other throughout human history. But man has also built civilisation painstakingly to establish human values and individual rights. Under the given societal conditions in which excessive consumerism tends to hold the sway, the very essence of democracy is undermined by exploitation of the vulnerable. Perversion in various forms follows in underdeveloped societies under the influence of explicit videos and films. 

Admittedly, society is falling apart in the absence of a unifying moral strength. This is a cause for serious concern. People's orientation with Western society's openness and introduction to modern gazettes have not been well matched by their enlightenment and consolidation of cultural mooring. The new-found ill-gotten affluence has not made them responsible enough to use discretion when it comes to expenditure. The money is at disposal for committing all kinds of crimes in the law book. It is because the country witnesses the rise of men like Ershad Sikdar in Khulna and Tufan Sarkar in Bogra. 

Can society have a deterrent against such a criminal explosion which the case now is? Law enforcement-agencies are using crossfire on the one hand and, on the other,  proving inactive in certain cases. Tufan Sarkers are not created in a day. They commit crimes one after another and still enjoy immunity. If he is, as reported, a yaba trader, how could he grab positions in the political power-matrix? The police are not supposed to be unaware of his anti-social activities. But they dared not touch him because of his political connection. The crux of the problem lies there. Today the need is to clean the Augean stable first in order to blow some refreshing air into politics. At the same time, promotion of reading books and pursuance of healthy culture may stem the rot set in society on account of sexual and moral perversions.   

Editor : A.H.M Moazzem Hossain
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