Security lapse at SC, a matter of concern

The ugly turn of events that unfolded in the Supreme Court this week, where a high-profile hearing ensued in the defendant stabbing an anti-corruption commission investigating officer, are a matter of grave concern given that it occurred in the country’s highest judiciary premises.

What is baffling is the fact that despite the Supreme Court compound, which also houses the High Courts, should have been well-equipped at least in terms of providing adequate security measures because events like these are bound to occur, or is highly like to, given the nature of jobs or proceeding the highest appellate courts have to undertake every day.

Now that the incident had occurred, the Royal Bhutan Police have been jolted to the core as to how a person who was pent up with anger and frustration, could simply walk past the security gates without the security personnel on duty not being able to detect a potential saboteur who was armed with a dangerous weapon.

And, to add to the glaring oversight of sorts, it is said that court officials had already alerted the RBP on the potential of a brawl occurring in the aftermath of the high-profile hearing as the perpetrators had resorted to similar scuffles in the past. However, despite all the ominous signs of an impending doom, the security measures were not geared to prevent such a mishap from occurring.

The security gates of the country’s highest judiciary compounds, here the Supreme Court didn’t even have a metal-detector installed and, by the look of things and developments, it can be safely assumed that the security personnel didn’t even frisk the individuals while they were entering the hallowed premises.   

Now that the dastardly act has occurred, the RBP is said to be on their toes to investigate and delve into how this glaring security lapse occurred. The police personnel on-duty, or the ill-fated in-charge, will definitely face the axe but the bitter truth and reality is that these security measures should have been installed or practiced even before such an uneventful episode should have been made to occur.

One common error, or a flaw, that is synonymous to our Bhutanese planners and thinkers is that we intend to take action only when the uneventful happens. Our myopic foresight and planning, coupled with that Khaymey-naba-nangtshey-tagey attitude, has reached to such an extent that most of us take small things for granted which could cost us dear and irreparable circumstances.

And, like the proverbial frantic search for toilets only when one’s rectums are on the verge of exploding, our feeble demeanor to only act at the last hour or after the inevitable has happened must change.

This ugly episode at the Supreme Court should not have occurred. And, now that it has, we need to delve deeper and contemplate to plan and take measures before the inevitable happens. This simple measures and change in attitude and foresight could save us a lot of embarrassments and apprehensions later.