Fed-up with graft, the public turns to social media for justice

While social media campaigns can and do attract significant support online, rarely do they translate into real-world action on this scale.

That an estimated 6,000 demonstrators marched to the Criminal Investigation Department office in Yangon’s Insein Township on July 6 speaks to the growing concern over the disturbing increase in reported child rape cases. Clearly more needs to be done to understand why such cases are on the rise and what can be done to prevent them.

But the campaign underscores a broader, and potentially more serious, problem: the lack of trust in the criminal justice system, from the police to the law officers and the courts, to deliver justice.

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