Something must be of momentous importance for more than 1,000 lawyers and fellow champions of justice to be braving thirst, blazing sun and torrential downpours in the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan to take the long walk for justice. Reading about the march in blogs, (where else?), my heart aches for little Nurin Jazlin. Who will ever march for her? Will justice ever be served to the perpertrator who inflicted upon her a horrific and untimely death? What is justice to her parents and family who must now face the future without her, shouldering the guilt of their one moment of carelessness? Who can tell them that it’s all going to be okay? Will any march to any Palace of Justice ever bring her back? Justice can never replace Nurin.
When the shock wears off, when the morbid fascination with details of her brutal death is satiated and when public attention turns to the newest sensation, who will care about Nurin? Will her case be filed under the pile of unsolved crimes? For Nurin, justice can only be served if we learn something from her death. If we become better people and a better society. She does not need us to march for her. Would anyone want to remember her? Are we going to politicise her death? Please don’t do that! How do we honour her memory? Adopt the Nurin Alert and remember her! Honour her memory! May Allah save our souls.
My previous blogs on the Nurin Alert:
Calling on Women’s Groups to Discuss the Nurin Alert!
Excuse Me, Now Do You Understand Why We Need A Nurin Alert?
Isn’t It About Time For A Nurin Alert?
A Nurin Alert As Her Lasting Legacy
Pak Lah! Don’t You Forget Nurin!
Let’s Have A Nurin Alert!
Where was the Nurin Alert then?
Shut up and do something about it
The Amber Plan
The Amber Alert is a critical missing child response program that utilizes the resources of law enforcement and media to notify the public when children are kidnapped by predators. Although the scope of the Amber Alert varies, the criteria for activation are fairly consistent. Whether it is a local, regional or statewide program, law enforcement activates an Amber Alert by notifying broadcast media with relevant identifying and case information when circumstances meets the following criteria:
The missing child is of a pre-determined age;
The law enforcement agency believes the child has been kidnapped;
The agency believes the missing child is under threat of serious bodily harm or death.
Once they receive the Amber Alert radio and television stations interrupt regularly scheduled programming to notify the public that a child has been kidnapped. Because 95% of all people driving in their cars listen to the radio, this is an extremely effective way of providing descriptions of the child, the kidnapper, vehicles or accomplices.
Besides turning the public into instant investigators when children are kidnapped, benefits of the Amber Alert include:
It is free;
It encourages participation between natural adversaries, law enforcement and media by drawing on their inherent strengths;
It promotes accountability by creating the foundation of a comprehensive missing child protocol;
It is an effective time critical response to kidnappers who can disappear with children at the rate of a mile per minute;
It sends a powerful message to wanna-be kidnappers that this is a community that cares about and protects children;
It saves lives.
Initially prompted by citizen concerns following the tragic 1996 kidnapping and murder of nine-year-old Amber Hagerman in Arlington, Texas the concept has been embraced by all segments of society. A sampling of the pro-active, diversified citizens inspired to implement variations on the Amber Alert include:
Mrs. Robin Trumbull, a young mother with a strong social conscience created the statewide Michigan Amber Alert after hearing about it at a KlaasKids Foundation sponsored town hall meeting.
To give meaning to the death of their kidnapped daughter Traci, Chris and Terry Conrad initiated the localized Corcoran, California TRACI Alert.
To create a legacy in the name of her kidnapped daughter, Colleen Nick inspired the Arkansas’ statewide Morgan Nick Alert.
A sense of duty drove Officer John Goad of the North Carolina Center for Missing Persons to begin the regional NC CAN Alert System.
Because progress in the effort to recover kidnapped children is glacial, great ideas like the Amber Alert should be enthusiastically embraced, supported and promoted whenever possible. Had the Amber Alert existed when Polly was kidnapped in 1993, she might very well be alive today. Although law enforcement had her killer in their custody within sixty minutes of the crime, they helped him pull his car out of a ditch instead of arrest him because they were unaware that a child had been kidnapped.
Our goal is to protect every child with one of the most brilliant ideas yet devised in the battle to recover kidnapped children. So, in order to remain current we encourage law enforcement agencies, broadcast media and the public to provide updated information that we may include in our comparative analysis of the Amber Alert.
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