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MENAFN - Arab Times - 10/04/2014
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(MENAFN - Arab Times) In this week's online poll, the Arab Times probed the factors that are blunting the efforts to fight crime in Kuwait. A majority of the voters felt that Wasta is a major setback to the fight against crime. About 56% of the voters felt this way



Speaking to the Arab Times, respondents said criminals use Wasta to escape the long arm of the law. "I know a citizen who routinely cuts red lights. He pats his back and says that he has Wasta to dodge penalties. This is a traffic offence, and may not be considered a crime. However, if this is possible in the case of traffic offences, it should be possible in major crimes too." Another respondent shared a personal experience when one of his neighbors had a conflict with the landlord



The neighbor decided to go to the court, and he was asked to pay the rent there. However, the person in charge of collecting the rent in the court gave lame excuses and avoiding collecting the amount in time. The landlord used this as a pretext to procure an ejection notice from the court. "It looks like some authorities in the court were in cahoots with the landlord to deny justice to my neighbor.



About 13% of the voters felt that law keepers themselves become law breakers, and that's why it becomes hard to fight crimes. Respondents cited the example of the recent case that made headlines when cops raped a woman in her flat, entering her flat under the pretext of looking for residence violators. "This is an example of policemen stooping to the lowest level, becoming worse than criminals." Others brought up a report that Arab Times had published some time back about the 'Trolley Mafia" in the airport. "The workers in the airport literally extort money from the passengers forcing the trolley service on them for a charge of 500 fils



They do not let us take the trolley." Respondents said it's highly improbable for this mafia to work in this fashion without the knowledge and blessings of the concerned authorities in the airport, especially after the report coming in the newspapers several times. One of the respondents said that he had an altercation with one of the workers in the airport over the trolley. "I used an expletive in the course of the heated exchange, and the worker complained to a policeman in duty



The cop came over to me to inquire if I had used the bad word, but as he didn't speak our language I told him that it was only an impolite word, and not a bad word. The officer went to the extent of calling another passenger, who spoke our language, to verify if what I was saying was true. To my good luck, the passenger concurred with me



The officer let me go, but then I complained to him about the worker who was trying to extort money from me. The officer walked away as if he couldn't care less." The trolley mafia is continuing to operate without any hassles, and people suspect the tacit support of the authorities



About 16% of the voters said that the police are not very keen on solving crimes, and that is encouraging criminals. Other reasons for the increase in crime in the society, according to the poll, included unemployed youth wanting to make quick money, corrupt politicians and crime getting accepted as a part of life. However, these only won very small percentage of votes. A very tiny fraction of voters felt that criminals are getting smarter

 


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