Sunday, May 31, 2009

Intimidating Civil Servants and Judges

The rising trend of intimidation of government officials and judges is spinning out of control. It started a few years back as closure of island offices; blockade of atoll offices followed, and now contempt of courts is becoming the norm.

There seems to be little point in making the judiciary independent, if it can be threatened into submission by thugs. There is no point in establishing a civil service, if its functionaries are continuously harassed.

The whole thing could perhaps have been nipped in the bud if decisive action was taken at the point when island offices were being closed. But unfortunately at the time politicians in Male felt it was not their problem. Now it is perhaps too late.

This reminds us of the experience of Martin Niemöller during Nazi days: "In Germany, they came first for the Communists, And I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist; And then they came for the trade unionists, And I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist; And then they came for the Jews, And I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew; And then... they came for me... And by that time there was no one left to speak up."

In the latest incident of this nature, Hulhudhoo Magistrate Ali Nazeer is facing a constant barrage of verbal abuse and death threats. To read the details of the case in Haveeru Daily click here.


Anonymous said...

"Spare the rod and spoil the child." We forgot this simple advice. students lost respect for teachers. they grew into adults who had no repect for government servants

Anonymous said...

Thimaa athun feyhi iloshi thimaa amilla lolah thi herunee. then lalala

Anonymous said...

the real dielmma is that rule of law was not established and judges and civil servants have been doing whatever they wanted in the past, and lost the faith of the general public.Then came a spree of rights and people never knew the limits of their rights and thus a rampage went on to revenge the atrocities done by the public servants in the isalnds.
No one should be above the law and the law should be enforced equally on all.politicians should not abuse the rights of people and the public service to gain thier selfish motives. Public should be educated and disciplined and thugs should be brought infront of law.

Anonymous said...

Government officials may also have done wrong. but taking the law into one's own hand is not the solution. it takes centuries to build a governing system. but it takes a few days to break it.

Anonymous said...

What about mosques? Even mosques are being hijacked if imam does not read qunooth.

Anonymous said...

It is not enough to say officials get bad treatment because they are unresponsive or arrogant. in most cases judges are threatned just because they passed a sentence. Teachers get threated when they pull up wayward students. This is a bad culture that has developed.