RANDOM LAW ENFORCEMENT

  • Voice Of The People

Feb 13, 2018-

It is astounding with what vigour law enforcement has announced its campaign against marijuana sale and consumption this Mahashivaratri (‘Police to arrest cannabis users at Pashupati this Mahashivaratri festival’, February 11, Page 2). Though not a consumer myself, I find it highly irritating to see resources being wasted on such campaigns. We probably all remember the peaceful days of when the horn ban came into force. We remember how well it seemed to work initially. Now, enforcement has been weak and honking continues to broaden the scope for future hearing-aid businesses in Nepal. So rather than presenting itself as a friend of the people that enforces laws on behalf of the people, the authorities seem to follow a non-transparent agenda that is based rather on announcements than on actual law. It is very true that growing, selling and consumption of marijuana is still illegal. If the law were stringently carried out, everyone would know what to do and what not to do, or, at least feel urged to abide by the law. The same goes for honking, unlawful trash disposal or even paying bribes. Yet, we see that our law remains a porous, abstract structure that somehow appears to favour only a few, prominently those that know how to take advantage of loopholes and those that can buy themselves free from guilt. Apparently, the “law of the jungle” continues to hold its place firmly.

- Utsab KC, via e-mail

Third world syndrome

Should anybody be surprised? To sit in a position of responsibility and admit at the 11th hour, that the multi-billion rupee road expansion funded by foreign money is faulty is simply ridiculous (‘Ring Road project mulls design audit’, February 9, Page 1). One doesn’t need to be Einstein or Freud to figure out the reason behind the admission at the last minute. We need better leaders handling such projects. For now, perhaps we should shift the offices of the authorities involved atop the partially completed pedestrian bridges on our dilapidated roads. That way, they can see firsthand the results of their improper planning.

- Manohar Shrestha, Kathmandu

Published: 13-02-2018 08:10

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