Provide Justice to Prem Chalaune

Published On: June 22, 2023 07:15 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

The government’s decision to withdraw the cases against individuals involved in the physical assault of Tribhuvan University Assistant Professor Prem Chalaune has been the issue of concern across the country. The assault on Assistant Professor Chalaune, which took place on October 6, 2020, was a brutal act of violence that should not be forgotten or forgiven. This controversial decision undermines the very essence of justice and raises serious concerns about the rule of law in our country. The government must immediately reconsider its stance and uphold the principles of justice by ensuring that the perpetrators of this heinous crime are held accountable. The individuals responsible for this attack, who are affiliated to the ruling Nepali Congress (NC) and its sister organization Nepal Students’ Union (NSU), should face the full force of the law. It is appalling to witness the government's attempt to influence the justice delivery process by returning the case and withdrawing the charges against these assailants.

In any criminal offense, it is the government's responsibility to act as the plaintiff and bring the perpetrators to justice. The government should not only initiate legal proceedings but also ensure that the victims receive the support and justice they deserve. However, the recent trend of the government withdrawing cases and granting amnesty undermines the trust in our justice system and sends a message that those in power can escape accountability. The decision to withdraw the cases against the individuals involved in the assault on Assistant Professor Chalaune is particularly concerning due to the political motivations behind it. The ruling NC, in collusion with its ally CPN (Maoist Center), seems to be protecting its own members at the expense of justice. What is happening in this case now is wrong and this should stop. 

This selective application of the law erodes public confidence and creates an environment where hooliganism and violence can thrive. Furthermore, the process of withdrawing the case appears to be politically influenced, rather than based on legal merits. The consideration of political faith and loyalty in such matters sets a dangerous precedent. Pardons and amnesties should only be granted when there is a clear and justifiable basis, not as a means to protect individuals affiliated to a specific party. This undermines the integrity of our political system and poses a threat to the constitutional principles we hold dear. The government's decision to withdraw the cases against the assaulters not only denies justice to Assistant Professor Chalaune but also weakens the foundation of our democracy. 

If those who commit such heinous crimes can easily escape punishment, it perpetuates a culture of impunity and lawlessness. It sends a chilling message that power can shield individuals from accountability, ultimately eroding the rule of law and the fabric of our society. Thus, the government must revoke its decision to withdraw the cases against the assaulters in order to restore faith in our judicial system and uphold the principles of the rule of law. It is imperative that the legal process continues unhindered, and the perpetrators are held accountable for their actions. We call upon the government to fulfill its duty to protect the rights of its citizens and ensure that justice is served. Upholding the rule of law is not an option, it is an essential pillar of a functioning democracy. The government must act swiftly and decisively to rectify its misguided decision and demonstrate its commitment to justice, accountability, and the welfare of its people. Only by doing so can we build a society where all individuals, regardless of their affiliations, are held accountable for their actions and where justice prevails over impunity.

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