63 extrajudicial killings in 6 months of 2012

The Daily Star July 1, 2012

A total of 63 people fell victim to extra-judicial killings by law enforcers across the country in the first half of this year, according to a report of rights organisation Ain o Salish Kendra.

Among the victims, 30 were killed in “gunfights” with Rapid Action Battalion, nine with police and another with a joint team of Rab and Bangladesh Coast Guard. Police tortured eight persons to death and killed one by shooting, said the ASK report.

The report covering the issues of human rights violation was based on reports of 12 national dailies, said an ASK press release yesterday.

According to the report, 50 people, including 17 inmates and 33 detainees, died in police custody.

Three journalists were killed; 43 received death threats allegedly from ruling party men, government officials and criminals; 201 journalists were tortured and another went missing while returning home from work.

Mobs across the country took the law into their own hands due to a lack of trust in law and “killed” 61 people, stated the report.

Law enforcers allegedly had a hand in the disappearance of 36 people. The bodies of three of the missing were recovered.

Along the Indo-Bangla border, Indian Border Security Force shot dead eight persons and tortured to death 11 others. A total of 56 men were hurt and 53 abducted by the Indian force.

Incidents of political violence that numbered 303 accounted for the deaths of 41 people and injuries of 5,375 more. The administration imposed section 144 (ban on public gatherings) 82 times across the country to avoid explosive situations.

Of the 457 women raped this year, 59 were killed afterwards and five unable to bear the disgrace committed suicide.

The report says 300 women were tortured for dowry, 123 of them physically.

Seventeen domestic helps died “mysteriously”. Four others succumbed to their injuries allegedly after being tortured by their employers during the first half of this year. Moreover, 20 women committed suicide, 178 were killed and 281 women became victims of domestic violence.