–15 year old Shazneen was raped and murdered in her bedroom.

–Shazneen is the daughter of one of the most influential families of Bangladesh. Her dad owns both the most circulated Bangla and English daily newspaper of Bangladesh. In addition he is a top notch businessman and leader of the business community.

–Many of Shazneen’s family members and family friends are leaders of the country.

— The culprits were easily identified. They were mostly people with no means.

Yet

—- Shazneen’s family went through daily recollection of the grisly rape murder of Shazneen, as they witnessed and participated in explicit court proceedings of Shazneen murder case. Shazneen’s dad had to describe, in minute details, his youngest daughter’s mutilated body multiple times in front of the court.

— Shazneen murder case ran so far for more than eight years. Today it crossed the highcourt obstacle. Ahead is more time consuming supreme court appeal process and then presidential mercy petition.

–Who know may be eight more years will easily go by before Shazneen’s soul will get the much coveted justice.

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Can anyone tell me what is the current state of Bangabandhu murder case? Initiated at the beginning of AL rule, 5+5, nearly ten years have passed so far, but Bangabandhu killers have not been punished yet.

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The top ranking police officer, the IG P, get’s punished, looses his job within months after some in his department fail to salute a highcourt judge. This happens while people run, year after year, from court to court, in search of justice for the killing of their near and dear ones.

Only these judicial system has the professionals who can refrain from performing their jobs on the plea of feeling embarassed. Can a physician or a journalist or any other professional refuse to perform their assigned job in this manner?

We, the human rights activists can spend years shouting against the extra judicial, illegal, immoral, unethical killings by RAB and police. But I am skeptical how much we can doto sway the public opinion favoring the ‘encounter’ killings by RAB and other law enforcement agencies.