Every day in our country, crimes occur and every day trust in the judicial system is maintained by a majority of Brits. However recently in the news there has been a lot of stories about Countries who don’t have any kind of working, trusted judicial system. The Observer on Sunday covered a story about a British man who was beaten and then shot to death in Sri Lanka allegedly by an associate to the President, after he complained of harassment his wife was receiving from local men in a restaurant. Even though British authorities were made aware of this case (with special interest made by Prince Charles) and it was taken up with the Sri Lankan government, not a huge amount of emphasis has been placed on arresting the accused. BBC News claim that there were 4 men under suspicion and that although the Sri Lankan High commission claim they are ‘committed to prosecute the persons responsible’ they were released on bail shortly after their arrest 2 years ago.
This asks the question, is Sri Lanka is placing a higher regard on preserving the reputation of a leading Individual over justice and Democracy? Secondly it enhances an even bigger debate about sexism, religion and hierarchical supremacy which often circulates amongst certain Countries and underlines the inequality placed upon minorities within communities.
This case has re-emerged closely after the ‘Delhi Gang rape’ where a girl was raped and killed on a bus in India and begs the question, how do civilians allow these monstrosities to continue to occur and how do they allow these Governments under whose leadership such crimes occur, maintain their power? The truth is that the population are unaware of the severity of the corruption. The ‘Delhi gang rape’ case brought the men to justice by public outcry, due to the high publicity the case received.
However, societies which are controlled largely by religiously ruling dictatorships, means governments can justify their behaviour by referring to religion and ‘right and wrong’. By having religion as such a powerful force, people are more likely to trust their police and leaders as they all follow the word of their God and much of the undemocratic, corrupt behaviour we see is never seen. Secondly in the UK people are educated about their rights and freedoms and so we know what we are entitled to. Our superb education system teaches us to speak out about things we disagree with and we are rarely met by aggression or stamped as criminals for doing so. In Countries, where education is possibly restricted, people aren’t told about democracy and what they’re entitled to and so leaders carry power where there is fear amongst their people.