Dhaka, Bangladesh
What ails society!

What ails society!

Thinkers, commoners wonder as latest abnormality erupts

News Report: It eventually came out that the woman beaten to death Saturday in Badda as a suspected child-lifter was actually a gentlewoman who went for school admission of her kid. Media footages Sunday showed her daughter playing, unawares of what happened to her mother. Also reported that the two young men lynched the same day in Dhaka and Narayanganj were not child-lifters, too. One was said to be an insane, who was found catching the hand of a schoolgirl and meted out the cruelty. On Sunday, media reports said, several other persons were rescued from lynch-mob attacks in Natore, Naogaon and Tangail. "It's all a hoax," said analysts, including Dhaka University teacher Prof Sheikh Hafizur Rahman Curzon. "There's no legal sanction for beating anyone to death on suspicion," the law teacher added. In the wake of such latest frenzy, the police headquarters had to issue a warning asking people not to "take the law into their own hands". This happens to be a repeat of such hoax and lynching, which falls in a recent wave of abnormalities in various forms. Such child-lifting hoax had shaken society in the past also. Why? What happens around, what actually ails society is an anguished question being asked by baffled psychoanalysts and commoners both. This oddity comes in a row of recent incidents of child rape, rape-murder, and gang-rape, daylight murder, fornication of students by teachers, drug menace and so, analysts pointed out. Even ruthless action like death in reported 'gunfights' couldn't effectively deter the delinquents and predators, they noted. Then what is the big question being asked by them. "Something is wrong somewhere-maybe, in the political situation," said Barrister Rokon Uddin Mahmud at a TV talk. Brigadier-General (rtd) Sakhawat Hossain also spoke in the same vein. Police officials and ruling-party leaders suspected that some vested quarters could be active behind fanning up the fire of unrest with ulterior motives. Meanwhile, four youths were beaten by mobs in Tangail and Natore on Sunday as they were suspected to be child-lifters. Police rescued and sent them to the local hospital. Police rescued a youth from mob lynching on Sunday from Natore town's Taltola area. Kazi Jalal Uddin, officer-in-charge of Natore Police Station, said people were beating up the mentally-challenged youth suspecting him of being a child kidnapper. A police team rushed to the spot and saved the youth. Three people, including a woman, were beaten to death by mobs in Dhaka, Narayanganj and Cumilla on Saturday.

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