A Southern Perspective on Extrajudicial Police Killings in Bangladesh

  • Md. Kamal Uddin


Research into the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and extrajudicial killing in Bangladesh remains undeveloped in several areas. Existing research does not pay adequate attention to the causes and dynamics of extrajudicial killing in Bangladesh. Nor does it explore the issue using any major theoretical framework, such as global Southern perspectives. This chapter considers policing and extrajudicial killing in Bangladesh using Southern criminology as an analytical tool. It is argued that the lack of effectiveness of criminal justice institutions due to a colonial legacy and corruption encourages the creation of this new elite force for controlling crime and terrorism, which often justifies its existence through taking recourse to extrajudicial killing.


Rapid Action Battalion Policing Extrajudicial killing Southern criminology Criminal justice and Bangladesh 


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  • Md. Kamal Uddin
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  1. 1.University of ChittagongChittagongBangladesh

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