Mob Lynching and the Failure of Our Legal System

SCLS Law Review Vol. 2, No. 3, September 2019

6 Pages Posted: 31 Dec 2019

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Jahidul Islam

Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka.

Date Written: November 14, 2019


Recently at the middle of the year 2019, Bangladesh has experienced a state of lawlessness as a frequent number of mob lynching incidents took place around the country. Many got severely injured and some unfortunates lost their lives merely because of their being suspected by the chaotic and aggressive mob. Some rumors worked in the background to confuse the mass, but after the cruel and aggressive response, there is no excuse to use of the rumors to back the mob as it was the mob itself who took the law upon its own hand impatient and inhumanly rather than handing the suspected over to the law enforcement agencies. This is a matter to wonder that why the response from the people was so inhuman. The paper argues that the frustration shown by mob is a liability of the state. Because behind such attitude of the mass there is a distrust ingrained in the mind of the mass on law enforcement system and the unreliability thereon frustrated the people resulting in such aggression of mob justice. The paper does not argue for any fancy solution rather urges for a gradual discipline to gain the trust of the people back so that in future, when rumor spread people trust the law more than taking it upon own hand. Rather than a crime the paper sees mob lynching of Bangladesh as a result of panic and crisis of protection because people believes the system is failing to ensure the due protection of law.

Keywords: Mob Lynching in Bangladesh, Mob Justice in Bangladesh, Criminality of Mob Lynching in Bangladesh

Suggested Citation

Islam, Jahidul, Mob Lynching and the Failure of Our Legal System (November 14, 2019). SCLS Law Review Vol. 2, No. 3, September 2019, Available at SSRN:

Jahidul Islam (Contact Author)

Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka. ( email )

Dhaka, Dhaka 1342

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