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Crime busting with SMS

Everyday we never fail to observe the fast deteriorating law and order situation and as a result, the rising crime rate in the country.

As a consequence, people of this country are losing faith in the law imposing authorities. They do not control the crime or have any plan for effectively controlling the crime.

Take a closer look at what is happening on our roads. Traffic offences are the norm now. The regulations governing traffic control are openly violated while the police either looks aside or collaborates with the offence.

The Police Department should evolve to a higher level in order to become efficient. The absence of innovative methods of preventing and controlling crime is a contributory factor for the increase in violation of law and order.

Technology has improved and is employed in all sectors for management and development but the Police Department is lacking behind without modern technology.

We can see police officers controlling the traffic with hand signals while the traffic light is still working.

It is time to allocate an SMS number for crime reporting by the police. It could be done in collaboration with one of the mobile companies with a mutually benefiting contract deal.

The allocated SMS code such as ‘077XXXcrime+ could be popularised so that when a citizen notes an offence by a driver he could immediately SMS to the said number and alert the police.

The police can follow the lead with their intercommunication through SMS to the particular point of reference and verify the speed of the said vehicle and take to task.

Another SMS number could be allocated for people to give information with regard to suspicious movements of persons or other crimes such as prostitution.

By establishing network of SMS communication islandwide, the information flow can be very fast and crime can be effectively controlled.

An example is when a bus passenger notes the driver is speeding under the influence of liquor while travelling on the Avissawella Road, he could SMS as follow: ‘077XXXcrime’ message: bus number 23456 speeding. Avissawela Road to Badulla.

The Police Department in turn can relay the SMS to a mobile unit at Avissawela Road and alert. The Mobile Unit without any signs of the Police Department can secretly follow the bus and monitor the speed and take action against the driver and perhaps save the people from a fatal accident.

In this case, the informant can relax without retribution from the offended party because he will not be called to explain his complaint.

Can the concerned authorities such as the Police, Bribery Department, Army, Tax Department take note of this suggestion and employ modern technology for optimum effectiveness in preventing and controlling crime in society.

SEYED ZAFARULLAH KHAN -
Colombo 10


Law entrance cuts-off reasonable expectations

Admission to Law College is made on a highly competitive admission test. The Incorporated Council of Legal Education has the prerogative to decide on a cut off mark for admission since it has been the practice over the years to admit a limited number.

This year the 260 students admitted are in the range between the unprecedented cut off mark of 81 and 88, the total intake being 262. In effect 260 consist of mere 8 batches of students.

The restricted admission makes the cut-off mark to fluctuate and is unpredictable. The mere 8 batches selected places an embargo on a number of students who have fared exceptionally well. It is logical to believe that most of these students by virtue of the performance at the admission test deserve to sit Law College exams.

However, without admission, there is no provision for most of these students to pursue the professional legal education offered by Law College. Some who will be lucky enough will gain entrance through the local universities.

Others who have the means will circumvent the core admission procedure by obtaining the relevant foreign degrees and gain admission. What emerges out of the process is that a broad spectrum of students is afforded the opportunity of becoming professionals.

However, out of the core admission process, there will be a segment of students who have scored over 75 per cent in this year’s exam who will be shut out unjustifiably for any one or more of the reasons such as logistics or overcrowding of profession.

Most in the legal profession will well remember that Law College doubled the intake a few years ago suggesting that it has the capacity to increase the intake.

Therefore, a possible reason for restricting admission is to avoid the crowding of the profession which is closely connected with the quality of Attorneys produced. It cannot be speculated that ‘overcrowding’ would result in unemployment.

Certainly Attorneys do not depend on Government jobs. Then the question arises whether there will be enough opportunities in allied areas. Even if the increasing scope for attorneys at this juncture with the establishment of provincial courts is disregarded opportunities have and will always be available for capable individuals.

Strictly restricting admission for reasons of quality is inadmissible since it is the standards of the Law College exams that will ensure quality rather than the restricted numbers at the entry stage.

At the entry stage it will be very difficult to justify that students who are in the periphery of cut-off mark are less capable than those who have gained admission.

In this scenario, the Incorporated Council of Legal Education chaired by the Chief Justice could consider allowing some students the opportunity of sitting Law College exams as external students to eliminate logistical reasons, if any. The greater number sitting law exams is bound to intensify competition raising standards.

Maintenance of quality is indisputably in the hands of the Law College. Providing opportunities equitably for professional legal education is a duty cast on the Incorporated Council of Legal Education.

C. N. JAYASOORIYA


Animal slaughter

There are carnivores and herbivores in the world. Carnivores to control the spread of unwanted animals and herbivores to control the spread of vegetation beyond control. That is the rule of Mother Nature to keep the balance of ecology. If not earth cannot survived. It is a place for all living beings and plants alike.

Human beings are carnivores by birth. Today billions and billions of animals and birds are slaughtered all round the world daily for human consumption. Nobody can give a clear estimate about the number.

If the slaughter of them for human consumption is stopped, billions of people will lose their livelihood. and more than that, much of population will be down with malnutrition. And the earth will be over populated with animals and birds and the humans will have to find a new place to live or jump to the seas. This is the true picture of the world.

Muslims eat every kind of meat except pork. Hindus are the same except beef. They have some reservations. Most of them abide by those norms and traditions. But in case of Buddhists and Christians, no reservation. This is something to be pondered I suppose.

If somebody suggests not to slaughter animals for human consumption, I don’t know how to explain it, though I know I don’t want to commit. People have rights to their own ideals. They should be respected. But no power can stop the slaughter of animals for consumption. That is the law of the nature.

D. M. P. B. DISSANAYAKE -
Kegalle

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