August 2021. Hanufa Begum of Gaibandha died when a brick fell from a three-storey building while she was walking on the road next to Sheikhdi Mosque in Jatrabari of the capital. The deceased’s husband, Liton, filed a case with the Jatrabari police station accusing Sumon, the owner of the building. The charge sheet is given as the crime is proved.
But then the defendants said that they settled the case at the police station for Tk 7 lakh.
In February 2021, Garment worker Runa Akhtar died in Momin Bagh of the capital. On January 12, 2019, a 16-day-old baby Abdullah died in Mirpur after falling a brick. There was no general diary in these incidents.
Bangladesh Bank official Dipu Sana died after a brick fell on his head while walking on the sidewalk in Siddheshwari area of the capital on January 11. Although a case has been filed in this incident, the police have not yet recovered any information.
Most of the accidents like brick fall deaths are settled for money instead of litigation. Because of financial transactions in these cases, the police are more interested in settlement out of court. They claim that most of the time the victims want to settle in exchange of money without filing a case.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) spokesperson Dr. b. Mahid Uddin told Independent Television, “We see that the victims and those who caused this often try to settle through some kind of negotiation and compensation.” It is not actually legal. But it is not that it is not in circulation.
However, according to crime analysts, many are forced to settle due to the pressure of the powerful and not being able to afford the costs of the case. Besides, people do not want to file a case due to legal complications and inefficiency of the police in proving the crime.
Dhaka University Assistant Professor Najmus Saqib told Independent Television, “It is very popular in Western society how to benefit the victim.” There are many issues happening in our country now that they are choosing the way how to benefit the victim through compensation.
Apart from this, the analysts urged City Corporation, Rajuk and other supervisory agencies to increase surveillance to prevent such accidents.