Is transfer a punishment enough?
Posted on July 2nd, 2013

Dr. Mareena Thaha Reffai, Dehiwela

 Our police department has a strange way of punishment for its’ errant officers. They are simply “transferred” to another station, irrespective of whether they assaulted the victims, tortured them or murdered them.

 O how nice it must be to be in the police force, warm and safe in the knowledge that  if you  err, that is commit mayhem, you will be transferred to another station, so that you can have another chance “”…” maybe a better chance – of  committing more crimes with impudence for the people of the new station will be another fresh harvesting area.

 As soon as a crime is committed (What irony! The very officers who are supposed to  maintain law!) we hear them being transferred, not to a waterless distant dry arid zone, perhaps just to the closest station and “”…” that’s it!   No further inquiries, no further punishments “”…” except maybe a promotion for being so “valiant”!

 We the citizens just grin and take it all! Amazing how patient and forgiving we all are, the Srilankan citizens, isn’t it? So the games of on, we have been bombarded with so many of these incidences, we have come to state where we just throw our hands up and say, “so be it! What can we do?” Easy way out.

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 Dr. Mareena Thaha Reffai, Vanderwert Place, Dehiwela

4 Responses to “Is transfer a punishment enough?”

  1. Marco Says:

    The Kollupitya Police are renowned for their petty bribes.
    I can recall more than 6 times slipping a Rs1,000 note for not having my Driving License whilst driving down Galle Road to my residence at Crescat.
    This happens at late nights, they station a Police point just after Renuka Hotel checking cars of reasonable worth. They politely wave you on, only to radio in the Police point at Methodist College to “collect”.
    I have even witnessed the Sup of KPS having a drink at the Colombo Swimming Club with the ill gotten gains whilst smiling at me from “ear to ear”.
    If the big shots can do it why not us, is the name of the game!

  2. mjaya Says:

    Our justice system has plenty of flaws. A “transfer” is indeed not enough. What should happen is what happened to VG who is now behind bars.

    BTW what do you propose as your alternative Mareena? Beheading, stoning or amputation?

  3. S.Gonsalkorale Says:

    I don’t mind “beheading” for politicians who betray the country and “amputation” ( of the corresponding part) to control the astronomical birth rate of a certain community.

  4. S.Gonsalkorale Says:

    In the case of this man both the above punishments may apply to protect the country and the women.

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