A The police however, denied all allegations and

A Bangladeshi man, Shahjalal, was arrested in 2007 and brought to Khalishpur police station. The police there asked the family for 150,000 Taka, about 1500 Euros to release Shahjalal. When the family couldn’t deliver the money, the Captain of the Police Force allegedly stabbed Shahjalal eyes out with a screwdriver. At the same time, the Police raided the man’s house. It was only until the next day, that Shahjalal was found in a hospital by his family. The family has since pressed charges, but are now being threatened by the police to withdraw the case which they find ‘baseless’. No matter how horrible and unacceptable this case is, it is not at all unique. In 2017 alone, Bangladeshi police have killed over one hundred people without cause. The police however, denied all allegations and no action was ever taken against the security forces. These allegations of police abuse and corruption go against the rights all humans have. Yet, the acts committed by security forces in Bangladesh are not new, and have been happening for years. There are also countless cases of police being corrupt and threatening harm or imprisonment in order to get bribes. This brutality the corrupt Bangladeshi police force show towards civilians ranges from children to women, and is unacceptable.  The police in Bangladesh show almost every form of corruption, from threats to blackmail to accepting bribes. The biggest form of corruption is called “Arrest trade”. This is when police officers arrest a civilian for a crime they didn’t commit, and threaten to hurt them or throw them in jail unless their family pays the officer a set amount. According to police, they arrest 12 thousand people in about four days, none of them innocent.  However, the reality is that a lot of the time they are. This ranges from Milon whose uncle was forced to pay 5 thousand taka to ensure his nephew wasn’t imprisoned for stealing his own motorcycle, to Zahid, whose father had to “bribe cops Tk 10,000 to ensure that his son was not framed,” (World Affairs Journal) for conspiracy to act against the government. Every day claims like this are made against the police, who simply deny them and nothing happens against them. The government doesn’t acknowledge the claims, because they themselves are just as corrupt. While people say this corruption is unavoidable due to low salaries and lack of training, that is no excuse to allow these violations of the human rights by a force who is meant to protect the people of Bangladesh and keep their country safe. Women and children have felt the police brutality happening in Bangladesh too. According to a report done by Bangladeshi right body ASK, in 2017, because of the Bangladeshi police force, “588 women have been raped. The majority of them killed after rape; some commited suicide,”. These women, even after speaking out, almost always end up not getting any justice because the police again simply deny it. Children are impacte too. Especially the many street children of Bangladesh. They are often traumatized later in life because of police abuse. The police “frequently beat them, ask for bribes, take away their valuables and implicate them in false charges,” (The Independent). For these kids it’s near impossible for them to speak out, because of the way society looks at street children. This leads to the 252 children killed by police, 77 killing themselves in 2017 due to the trauma created after the regular attacks by police. Just like with the other examples of police brutality, the allegations are simply ignored, or the family is threatened in order to (unsuccessfully) keep the illusion that Bangladeshi police do nothing wrong.While the police force can keep denying this issue, and the government can keep ignoring it, there are countless pictures and videos of men, women, and children being attacked by police. There are also many allegations of extortion and blackmail against the police. The Bangladesh society and those affected by police brutality need to come together and speak up, in order to notify the government that this problem is not one that can be ignored. The government needs to step up, no matter how corrupt they are, and make sure the police force doesn’t  repeat the acts they’ve committed, instead of ignoring all allegations. The Police corruption and abuse in Bangladesh against men, women, and children is unacceptable. The Police is meant to be a force that protects the civilians from harm, not cause it. It is supposed to bring order to a country, not cause it. It is supposed to get rid of untrust, not cause it.


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