This study on the law and order situation last year does not seek to make any judgement. It rather mirrors what exactly happened in those 12 months covered by the study. It seeks to chronicle the events that took place during the year.
Lack of public security and peace had been the big worry for the ordinary people. The government launched a number of steps to cope with the slide in the law and order and steady the wobbling ship. Opinion about the impact of the government measures has been divided. Some have found the introduction of Rapid Action Battalion, an elite anti-crime force, as a successful bid to contain gangster attacks. Others have criticised the methods used by this elite force in its crackdown on crimes. Critics have called those methods as violation of human rights.
Many have found the last year as a mixed one so far as the law and order situation goes. There had been ups and downs. We appreciate everyone associated with the study. Lots of hard works have been put into this enterprise, which we believe will help the government, policymakers and the members of the public better understand the trends in our society and what is going on in the field of good governance.
We also appreciate the Norwegian Embassy in Dhaka for its support to publish the study.