The state of law and real citizenship

تم نشره في Sat 5 April / Apr 2014. 08:12 PM - آخر تعديل في Sat 5 April / Apr 2014. 08:12 PM

By Jumana Ghunaimat

Up until recently, Jordanians were trading stories right and left about car thefts, in an attempt to solve the puzzle, as the officials failed in addressing the problem which reached somewhat disturbing phenomenon within the society.

Al Ghad published a series of stories on the car theft incidents where the owners of the car had to buy it back or pay a part of its price to retrieve it, as the concerned authorities failed to retrieve for them what was theirs, and being forced to barter with the thieves.

The problem was growing until recently, and media helped draw enough attention to it when the various outlets were warning of the phenomenon’s dangers on peace, social security, and state’s trust.

The shortcomings were multi-faceted, and the legislative negligence contributed to increasing the problem, in light of none-deterrent punishments — the punishment that befalls a thieve or those who negotiated with its owner was no more than one month, based on the Penal Code that considers steal a car “using someone’s assets without their consent”.

Today, the situation has changed when the concerned authorities decided to put an end to the bullying, and cracked down on the robbers. It was able — in a short period of time — to arrest hundreds of them, which led to a significant decline in the number of thefts.

There is a new tool that the Public Security Department (PSD) seeks implement, which is a legal instrument that imposes punishments that are proportional to the act and help reduce the number of crimes of this nature, by amending the Penal Code that exists today through the Lower House.

Address the shortcomings of laws is a necessary step, and the introduction of significant changes to the law will make a difference, too; instead of one month imprisonment and the option to not serving it in return for paying a fine, anyone who steals a car will be sentenced to hard labor.

The result is the protection of people's rights from assault because of deterrent laws, and most importantly, the legislation should be applied to everyone fairly and without exceptions.

Auto theft does not differ much from the attacks on water pipes or the theft of hundreds of thousands of cubic meters.

Electricity and home thefts are also no very important; increasing number of crimes and attacks on people during the previous period — without efforts to reduce them — led the people to lose faith in the idea of ​​security and safety that we always boasted.

Today, we have a golden opportunity to restore confidence in the state, its ability to enforce the law, and impose its power.

Uprooting the mentality that is prevailing in this regard has become a popular demand, especially since violators are sometimes known personalities in the executive and legislative branches of government.

Today, people talk of the violations of a member of the Lower House on the main water pipeline, as he controls the water and then sells it to them at commercial rates, before the eyes of the executive authorities, and faced with silence from the government!

Jordan's reputation as a country that respects the rule of law is at stake, and the executive and legislative branches should support all efforts to achieve this goal, without subjugation to any pressure whatsoever to implement the law.

Jordanians are equal before the law, and the benefits of implementing the law fairly does not end with the state regaining its status, but also stretches to entrenching the real citizenship we desperately need.



This article is an edited translation from the Arabic edition.