Limon & Jui: justice delayed, or denied?

Shafiqul Milton

Shafiqul Milton

Forty years ago, we had 9 months of war for freedom and to ensure the justice to the people of our country. Every year we celebrate the immense joy and happiness what we all felt for having an independent country – Bangladesh. But what we will say to these college students those who are still fighting and dreaming for better future as well as crying for justice.

Limon Hossain and Hawa Akter Jui are sitting for HSC examination this year. They are different from other students as well as very special. Limon, the college student maimed in RAB firing and he lost his one leg, is still crying for justice. And Jui, a girl of 21 years, had the fingers of her right hand chopped off by her husband so that she could not write and did not dare to study.

Forty years ago, we had 9 months of war for freedom and to ensure the justice to the people of our country. Every year we celebrate the immense joy and happiness what we all felt for having an independent country – Bangladesh. But what we will say to these college students those who are still fighting and dreaming for better future as well as crying for justice.

Limon got shot on March 23, 2011 at his village Saturia in Rajapur of Jhalakathi during a RAB operation there. Limon’s left leg was amputated from the thigh on March 27 at Dhaka National Institute for Traumatolgy and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation (NITOR) Hospital, as the tissues were totally damaged due to excessive bleeding caused by delay in treatment after the shooting.

And as far we know through media still he did not get any reply what could be the justice from the Prime Minister. But still Limon dreams of a day when the long-running legal battle will end and he will be cleared of lawsuits. All his efforts for HSC went up in smoke last year following the alleged shooting by RAB just fortnight before the exam. Again he has taken preparation for this and faced the examination from the Kawkhali PGS School and College.
National Human Rights Commission Chairman Dr Mizanur Rahman talked about this case on a press conference at national press club. The report, released by state-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) withdrawn hours after it was scrolled on different television channels.

He said “When I saw the report on different TV channels that the prime minister had said no investigation committee had found Limon’s link with miscreants, I thought that the justice had prevailed at last. Though the BSS news was withdrawn later, I still believe Limon won’t be denied justice.”

The hope of the National Human Rights Commission chairman that the innocent college student Limon, who lost his leg in RAB shooting, will get justice is still in smoke.

And another denied one Hawa Akhter Jui was left to bleed for nearly three hours after her husband hacked off her right hand with a machete, and dumped the severed hand into a dustbin on December 4, 2011. At that time Jui was an HSC second-year student of Narsingdi College.

Instead of taking her to a hospital, her husband Rafiqul Islam and his sister Naima Begum remained busy mopping up the blood on the floor and the bed. Later, Rafiq went out of the house to dump the detached hand into a dustbin. It was told by Jui to the newsmen at her parents’ house in Narsingdi. Then Jui was taken to nearby Bangladesh Medical College Hospital from her sister-in-law’s house in the capital’s cantonment area. Jui was brought to her parents’ house in Narsingdi from Dhaka on December 6. She is now receiving treatment at Narsingdi District Hospital.Her father sought financial help from the government and people for proper treatment of his daughter, and for the legal battle that lies ahead.

We knew that Rafiq is currently in jail. Jui and her father alleged that Rafiq’s sister Naima and his brother-in-law Corporal Shafiqul Islam were involved in the crime and had been aware of Rafiq’s plot to hack off Jui’s hand. But in an unknown reason police refused to include their names.

Jui, a girl of 21 years, had the fingers of her right hand chopped off by her husband so that she could not write and did not dare to study. But still she is fighting and dreaming for better life.

We talk about gender equality, freedom of speech, freedom to do what we want to do, technological advancement, democracy, justice. Human rights groups in Bangladesh have mobilized in requesting, the people are organizing procession and mass media are covering the news to ensure severe punishment for those culprits.

So still we have hope that Limon and Jui will get justice. At the same time we have to remind that justice delayed, justice denied.