Dismembered body parts a grim social indictment
It would be utopian to expect a society without crimes but when severed human body parts are discovered in a dump, as reported by New Age on Saturday, a deeper analysis of evolving criminal trends becomes crucial. The discovery of several bodies, including that of a woman, cut into several pieces and disposed in a garbage collection bin, compels us to pause and reflect. Of course this is not the first time severed body parts have been found but in recent times, the regularity with which heinous crimes have been committed forces all quarters to sit up and question a culture of unspeakable cruelty which has insidiously crept into social existence.
Killing someone, cutting the body parts and then leaving them amidst filth indicate total disdain for human life. Also, this puts the overall security issue of citizens under the microscope. Additionally, it will not be surprising if ordinary people begin to feel a sense of insecurity laced with apprehension. We do understand that law enforcers cannot police events that happen within four walls but the inability of the law to nab and punish criminals who are found to have perpetrated horrendous crimes severely detracts from a feeling of social security.
Then there is the much neglected impact of gruesome acts, slowly but surely desensitising a significant section of the society. Those who would have sat up in shock and disbelief at the mention of cut-off body parts some years ago may have become inured by such deeds. Our laissez-faire attitude to inhumanity is, in fact, working to drive criminals to escalate the depravity of their Sadly, the punishment procedure is boggled by legal loopholes, giving criminals a feeling of impunity. The government, which is expected to work towards containing law and order, cannot be relieved of the responsibility. This is indeed a common knowledge that many a criminal enjoys the protection of the politician particularly when in power.
Under the circumstance, the politically conscious and morally conscientious sections of the society must come forward, with a raised voice, to mount pressure on the government to combat criminal activities effectively. And for that to happen, the law enforcing agencies have to be allowed a free hand within the legal bound of course, to take actions against the criminals; criminal justice system must be allowed to function without external interference. Political authorities, both in and outside the power, must stop providing shelters to the criminals. In case of failure in any of these areas, the entire society would be exposed to a pervasive sense of insecurity, the symptoms of which are already in sight. It is high time that the government acts effectively to restore the sense of security to citizens, for its absence provides a fertile ground for the criminals to continue with their brutal acts, which eventually proves to be suicidal for all concerned.
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