Betrayal thy real name is thuggery-Police Officer is our only shield against it.

Saskatchewan, Canada: RCMP Sunset Retreat Ceremonies, Regina

“Loving someone is giving them the power to break your heart, but trusting them not to.” Julianne Moore.

Once upon a time, not very long ago I witnessed a leopard frolicking with a tiny baby monkey on a dense branch of a tree. Baby monkey appeared petrified and scared, holding onto the branch as if he was glued to it. The leopard was cajoling and enticing the baby monkey to play with him and to trust him as a friend. Baby monkey could neither jump nor fly from the situation. All he could perceive was his fearful fate in the glaring eyes of the leopard, signaling the closing stages of his life. Eventually, the baby monkey lifted his tiny trembling finger to caress the leopard in a friendly, trusting way to alter the upshot. Like the strike of lightening, in a quick swipe of the leopard, the baby monkey vanished from the scene. The next scene that I beheld was callously graphic, as I saw the leopard licking the last drops of the baby monkey’s blood off the branch. In the human world this act of the leopard is called Thuggery. When someone gains your trust and deludes you into believing to be your friend only to deceive you, betray you and finally kill you. This betrayal is thuggery.

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Thuggee is a cult of people engaged in mass murder and thugs is an organized gang of professional assassins. The thugs travelled in groups across India for several years. They would join travellers and gain their trust, would rob them of valuables and bury their bodies. According to the Guinness Book of Records the cult was responsible for approximately two million deaths. A thug gang leader Behram is considered to be the world’s most prolific serial killer, blamed for 931 killings between 1790 and 1830.

This world can be a paradise when we feel affection for one another, and sanctify one another, oblige one another, and become means for one another’s inner evolution and redemption. This world can also be a hell in which we undergo sorrow, betrayal, loss of affection, and absence of caring.

Trust is something easy to talk of, but hard to practice. We have trust in our lawyers when there is a licit problem, and lay even greater trust in our doctors when we are unwell. We have trust that our money will safeguard us, and trust that our own intellect will rescue us from problems. When that trust is betrayed we are shattered, we stumble, and we fall.

“For there to be betrayal, there would have to have been trust first.” (Suzanne Collins, The hunger games)

Nowadays, thuggery has penetrated every aspect of life. We see it being glorified on our streets. The violence, the looting, the theft, and the level of criminality displayed by young and adults on the streets are all different forms of thuggery. Our society is creating young thugs very quickly, in the sense that we create and tolerate those circumstances that make thuggery more likely to stem from. Some people make large amounts of money in the processes that keep re-creating those negative conditions where thuggery thrives.

Personal interest and insensitivity to human decency is the hallmark of thuggery. When gain is the only motive, all other relationships and responsibilities can be sacrificed. Thuggery in personal relationships, business relationships, political relationships, and all other forms of relationships create an atmosphere of betrayal, lack of trust and ruthlessness. It has also become commonplace for the worthless political struggles. When politicians intimidate and physically attack each other, it is an assurance that the truth is not on their side.

Thuggery has affected sanctity of relationships in a family that is a nucleus of any society. When the nucleus gets shattered, every relationship withers away. Negative forces take full benefit of these chaotic situations and lure the society further into a direction where everyone is exploited and so the system becomes corrupt. In this situation a police officer’s authority must triumph and be guarded and his judgments must be honored. Since his involvement with society is so profound, he can come up with a better solution than any other group.

Modern day Thuggery has exogenous sources. It flourishes in places where some people are often treated unjustly and worse under the law, where schools are poor and badly run money drains, where incarceration rates are high, where outsiders push drugs, and where sex trafficking and other forms of crime thrives.

“Thus does the first touch of humanity’s selfishness make criminals of the humble, and make killers of the sons of peace; thus does the early greed of humanity grow and strike back at humanity a thousand-fold!” 

(Khalil Gibran, “The Criminal”)

Transnational organized crime that manifests in many forms is thuggery, such as trafficking in drugs, firearms and even persons. Every year, innumerable people lose their lives as a result of the unprincipled techniques of human traffickers and migrant importers. It can infiltrate government agencies and institutions, powering corruption, penetrating business and politics, and hampering fiscal and societal growth. And it is weakening governance by sanctioning those who function outside the law and put real thuggery in action.

Virtually every country in the world is affected by these crimes of thuggery. Our only defense against all forms of thuggery is a well-trained Police Officer with authority who is one of the most valuable assets of a society today or even centuries ago.

A beautiful night full of stars is only beautiful when we can safely sleep-through the night without the fear of thugs, and that safety can only be guaranteed by the Police Officer.

We cannot delay action in this dire situation when thuggery is on the rise. If we do not support our Police Officers who are our only shield against this danger, then the consequences could prove disastrous. Think of the situation when in distress we call 911, with our trembling fingers, and instead of a Police Officer, a leopard shows up at our door and we feel like the baby monkey.

© Samina Iqbal. 2013


About saminaiqbal27

I am a free lance writer who loves to write on social issues in particular. I am a house wife and my husband Dr. Shams Iqbal offers all the support and encouragement so that I can pursue my passion for authorship and other cause which is dear to me. My lifelong mission in life is to offer my support for the police officers who need to be supported and protected by general public like us. My inspiration to do this comes from my personal experiences of some of the greatest police officers whom I have witnessed do great deeds for the good of humanity. I am so inspired and fascinated to support this law enforcement group. On the other hand I like music, movies specially classics, I am a fashion geek, English and American literature are my passions.
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79 Responses to Betrayal thy real name is thuggery-Police Officer is our only shield against it.

  1. Powerful analogy, well written.


  2. willowdot21 says:

    Yes this is a very very good post and true , which makes the betrayal even more painful when we see members of police forces , worldwide acting as thugs and letting their fellow officers down. Sadly it does happen and nowadays it is more widely publicized. Never the less sad or not it happens. But we are grateful for those police officers who hold true to the best values of the job! Thank you for a thought provoking post! Be well and happy and enjoy your Sunday. with love xxxxx


    • Thank you so much Willow. And yes we hear a lot about betrayal all around us and somehow it seems it is becoming a way of life. It needs to be stopped. Like you said we need to be grateful for those Police Officers who are holding on to the best values of the job. These are the ones we depend on and hope for better times. I appreciate such a beautiful comment as always my friend. You take care and God bless you.


  3. Reblogged this on aksharaalu – Best Collections and commented:
    betrayal is thuggery.


  4. betrayal is thuggery…… beautiful article with wonderful example
    with regards


  5. nightlake says:

    The baby monkey’s story is terrible. It didn’t have much of a choice, anyway. True, we are living in a world of Leopards


    • Yes my friend unfortunately we are living in rather dangerous times where we all need to be aware of the dangers surrounding us. And we need to raise our voices to make a difference in our communities and the world at large and at all times supporting the need to support our protectors. We have no choice but to be vigilant and act to defend our defenders, and empower them. You take care and God bless my friend. Thanks for the lovely input.


  6. CJ says:

    Excellent piece. I agree with all of it. As this present-day world changes so rapidly, more troubles are added to the mix of traditional causes of the thuggery problems. Technology would be one example of a double-edged sword. It is meant to ‘advance’ communication, and other positive things…but it can be exploited to serve as a tool for malicious, criminal enterprise. As concerned citizens of the communities we live in, we must help each other by being diligent, mindful of our surroundings, vigilant and aware of those people who are unfamiliar in our neighborhoods, and concerned for each other’s safety and well-being—in addition to supporting the police officers in their efforts to secure our safety.


    • Very well said and thanks so much for adding all that was missing in the post. Wonderful input. I do agree cyber crimes are escalating to an extent that something drastic has to be done. As conscientious citizens of the communities we live in we have to play active role in keeping ourselves, our families, and communities safe, supporting our protectors in doing the same for us. Individual responsibility is a must and we have to keep our eyes and ears open for any dangerous element creeping into our communities. I appreciate your lovely comment. Take care and God bless.


  7. Ed says:

    Great post..:-))


  8. Stefania says:

    An excellent article. Betrayal is painful, even in relationships. It brings only suffering and distrust.
    Thank you for sharing with us this post very documented and educational.
    Have a wonderful day and many blessings. Hugs, Stefania! 🙂


    • Thank you so much Stefania for such an appreciative and encouraging comment my friend. You are so right betrayal in human relationships hurt the most and are extremely painful and make us suffer the most. We have to be vigilant where to put our faith and trust and support our protectors in protecting us against harm. Take care and God bless. Lots of love and hugs for you my friend.


  9. Indeed, resistance to thuggery is necessary at every level. We must support those who uphold justice not only by respecting and encouraging those who police and govern us but by being civil and just ourselves, resisting thugs, standing up for the value of honesty and compassion and community and peace, and thus giving our protectors firm ground on which to stand. A marvelous and inspiring post as usual, dear Samina.


    • Thanks Kathryn my sweet friend for your valuable input. I agree with you that individual responsibility is a must and we all must keep ourselves informed of all the scams and thuggeries around us to protect ourselves against them. Standing up for that which is right and being responsible ourselves will provide firm ground for our protectors to stand on. Life would be so peaceful and carefree without any kind of fear. We can make it happen. Take care my friend and God bless.


  10. Touching and informative as always, Samina. It’s continually eye-opening to visit your words and feel the message layer itself bit by bit within me. Wonderful post.


    • Thank you so much Shelley for the lovely comment. Yes the story of the baby monkey is very touching and thuggery touches us all in one way or another. We have to keep our selves informed and aware of our surroundings so that we and our families and communities live peacefully with the efforts of our protectors. But individual responsibility is a must to live a safe life. Thanks once again for such kind words about my post. You take care and God bless.


  11. Beautifully written post, Samina. Your compassion and determination to make a change is evident in your writing. Although the news is full of stories of betrayal and mishandling of trust, I have faith there is still good in this world and people like yourself and police officers who want to protect and preserve our society. Thank you for this thought provoking post, Samina. xo


    • As usual a very encouraging and inspiring and motivating comment from you Jill. Thanks for such lovely words about me and my post my friend. Good and exceptional people like yourself and committed people like me with the blessing and support of our protectors can make a difference I am sure. Individual responsibility is a must and we have to empower our protectors and provide them with a firm ground to stand on. God bless them all and keep them safe for they do so much for us. You take care Jill and have a lovely week.


  12. Wow, what a powerful post; both chilling and sad in it’s realism. Yes, betrayal is heartbreaking and probably the worst personal offense. I thought the Suzanne Collins quote was particularly poignant. (How grateful I am that I place my trust in the Lord – for what can man do to me then.) You words contain so much power! Blessings and safety to you, my friend,


    • Hi! Ellie. Thanks for a lovely comment dear. Yes Betrayal is something that is so widespread these days and education about it is important. I am glad you liked Suzanne Collins quote, it is so very true. Placing trust in our Lord is the best option for humanity. People have moved away from the good teachings of our Lord that’s one reason for being not following any guideline in life. Your comment has uplifted my spirits. You take care my friend and God bless you and keep you and your family safe.


  13. I agree Samina 100% we need our Police force and we need to Trust them and respect them but we need God in our lives first, without Him , we will have no Hope for eternal survival and just like the Monkey we will be lost to the harsh realities of life, which is not how God created it to be, He said everything made by His hand was very good. God is Love and cannot create evil, even Satan was created good but choose to become evil by trying to usurp God’s Authority, so he would be worshiped as God himself. Evil is the absence of Love.

    Jesus told us over 2,0000 years ago that at the end times which we are in now, it would be the same as in Noah’s time, all mankind was evil and only Noah and his family were saved because he rejected the Pagan and evil practices of that time and was obedient to God.

    All those who God knows as His redeemed Children, Love Him and others in their heart, and will escape the horror of the final days of the great Tribulation , some will be Martyred and the rest Jesus will come for. Salvation is a free gift which we show we have.

    Christian Love Always from both of us – Anne.


    • Thank you so much Anne and Ron for a very inspiring comment as usual. Your comment always rejuvenated my spirit. Yes I believe in this dire situation we need to seek our Lord’s help and ask Him to guide us towards the right path of life, as we support our protectors and pray for their safety too. Otherwise “just like the baby monkey we will be lost to the harsh realities of life”. Very well said my sweet friends. Moral and social barbican of our society needs a lot of repair and it cannot happen if we have a weak faith. Thank you so much once again for taking so much time for such beautiful words of wisdom. I feel very honored. Take care and God bless both of you. Lots of love and a big Hug.


    • Correction. Typing mistake my friends. I meant moral and social “fabric” of society. And grammar mistake “your comment has always rejuvenated my spirits”. I apologize for these mistakes. Take care.


      • Please never apologize Samina for what you feel are mistakes, I don’t worry about them, unless they change the meaning of comments. I’m also Dyslectic so don’t always notice, anyway I feel there are more important issues to be concerned about as we both have shared. Punctuation and grammar have changed many times over the years, what you learnt in school is different to what I did and my Mother was also taught something different and so on.

        When the Scriptures were written there was no punctuation or grammar, no small particles , like a, it , is he etc and their spelling was very different to ours in those days , some word’s also had different meanings than they do today and some have been changed and so we know them as something different now.

        The Trinity was called the Godhead, Dinosaurs were Dragons, The Rapture was called the First Sickle and some things we know about today didn’t even have a name like D.N.A and Aids etc but their description is very clear in the Bible. The New Testament Scriptures were all written in Upper case and some parts of the Old Testament too and they weren’t angry when they wrote them, which some today claim you are if you use Upper case.

        Americans spell words different to Aussies and it is the same world over… you leave out the U in Saviour and in other words too, or you could say we add the U etc but I think those or have some sense would understand what is meant.

        I really look forward to sharing with you Samina, it’s always uplifting to be reminded of what my Spiritual Husband Jesus has taught me over the years and to be able to share it with those who seek Him too with all their heart, as I said before yours is beautiful.

        I think your Hug was bigger ((((( HUG)))))) Christian Love Always – Anne


  14. Fantastic article wow that story in the beginning tugs at your heart


  15. that must be a horrible thing to witness! that poor thing! I keep off from discovery and other channels, for some reason they love to show predators hunting, feeding, oblivious to the fact that those who love animals love the deer and buffalos too 😦

    we will meet these thugs in every sphere of life, and I am sort of center of their attraction, they are the reason why I count on cyber friends, because if they plan to hurt me they wont be able to do much physical harm! I really don’t know why human beings love to betray others! I just will never know!

    another fantastic post! your posts are so fantastic that the minute I finish one I start waiting for the next.


    • Thanks my lovely friend Sharmishtha. Unfortunately betrayal is fast becoming a way of life and if we do not pause to think about it and stand up against it, our society has no chance of reform. It has seeped into every sphere of life and education about it is a must. I pray for your safety and would ask you to be very careful since thugs are very dangerous just like the leopard in the story. Never back off, fight them right on. You are very courageous I know and they will back off once they realize your determination, at heart they are all cowards. I know you wait for my posts and this makes me full of pride. I wait for your posts very anxiously since your posts on every social issue you take up are fantastic. Thanks once again and God bless you my friend.


      • they are cowards, I agree, but like a pack of hyena they band together to kill their victims- weaker ones don’t stand a chance, the stronger ones should not be over confident!

        Thanks for caring about my personal problems, your gentle words give glimpse of your huge heart. But don’t worry, years of stalking and harming have made me really smart :)- I don’t give them any chance to cause any harm, and stay cautious and prepared.

        I too think that schools will start teaching the value of moral ethics again- seriously I mean! so should the parents! mostly one of them fail or often both of them!

        God bless human civilization!


  16. Bravo! Beautiful article, interesting with that touch of sensitivity and human touch needed in this world! I’m glad I’ve joined your followers!


    • Thank you so much for such kind words of appreciation my new friend. This world is so much in need of kindness and human decency. We are all trying to make it a little better place for us to live. Let’s keep striving. I am very glad to follow you too. Take care and God bless.


  17. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words says:

    my breath stopped on the baby monkey…for I wanted it to turn out different…
    a most profound and powerful post Samina….as we see all the changes the world is going through
    we see so much thuggery…from countries to within mundane life…
    each time someone stands up for honor and respect…they fade away a little more…
    trust is a very hard emotion these days….
    Take Care…You Matter…


    • Thank you so much marryrose. Your comment moved me very much. Yes I wish the fate of baby monkey was different. This is how we wish in real life when we see someone or ourselves become innocent victims, our heart breaks and we wish if the outcome was different. Unfortunately betrayal is becoming a way of life for the majority of humanity and trust has become a rare emotion. I agree with you since it is so true. Unless each one of us take responsibility for ourselves and at the same time support the protective forces there will be no social or moral reform of our society. Let’s hope for the best and commit to always stand up for honor and respect. You take care and God bless you my friend.


  18. Hi Samina, profoundly eye opener post,l commend you for your excellency to share such subject.Blessing ,always jalal


    • Hi! Jalal my brother, I always feel honored by your comments. Thank you so much for such kind words of appreciation for my post. You and I and all of us here are striving to make a little difference to make this world a better place for us and for all. To restore the honor and respect of our society we have to support our protectors taking individual responsibility at the same time. Thank you for calling me “your excellency” this is the highest honor I have received. You are great. Take care and God bless you.


  19. SerachShiro says:

    We are living in this world and we have to handle with it, I hate corruption ! Very well written and great post ) !


    • Thank you so much SarachShiro my friend for such kind words of appreciation. I agree 100 percent with you that when we are part of humanity we have to fight corruption in our own way. In order to live our lives happily we have to strive hard and also support our Police Force who are busy fighting for us to keep us safe. You take care my friend and God bless and keep you and your family happy and safe.


  20. Amy says:

    Thank you so much for your thoughts and insights, Samina! The world is getting more and more complicated to say the least…


    • Thank you so much Amy. I agree with you this world surely is getting very complicated and we all have to keep our eyes and ears open and support our protectors for our safety and security. Individual responsibility and education about the world around us is also very important. Thanks my friend for sharing your thoughts with me. You take care and God bless.


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  22. inkspeare says:

    Very well said.


  23. williamricci says:

    Great writing, and thought provoking.


  24. WordsFallFromMyEyes says:

    This is excellent, Samina. I wonder why the leopard awaited the monkey’s trust before killing it, I wonder why it didn’t just go kill. It’s weird. Re the rest of the post though, just excellent.


    • Thank you so much Noeleen for such kind words about my post. Yes the action of the leopard was weird but this is exactly how it happened. Actually those who documented the whole episode spent some time documenting the whole story. I have seen the pictures and the documentary. Actually the leopard had adopted the baby monkey when it was very tiny and had brought him on the branch of the tree shown in the picture and raised the baby monkey with care. The baby monkey’s mother had died in a fight and this baby monkey was lying helpless beside her when the leopard spotted it. The documentary makers were surprised at the gesture of the leopard. But the baby monkey was always very scared and would not play with the leopard despite the efforts of the leopard, but one fateful day he moved towards the leopard in a trusting way and there he lost his life. The killer instinct of the leopard took over. So sad but it happened. Baby monkey had spent quite some time with the leopard before he was killed. I was horrified to see it all happen and cannot take the gory images out of my mind. Thank you so much for the lovely comment as always. Take care and God bless.


  25. waiting for your next post 🙂
    be soon!


  26. reocochran says:

    Samina, Wow! These are powerful and meaningful words that included great and famed writers’ quotes. The way you compared this to society, the world and the ones who protect us, serve and give their lives to us, just unbelievably composed. Thanks, Samina, for this post that is very special.


  27. Hi Samina ,l am honored to be calling brother..You are a special Lady.Sincerely jalal


    • I obeyed the order from my friend that is you and have posted the next post on October 31, 2013. I hope you like it though it is on a heart breaking topic. See the power of friendship my lovely friend. Take care and God bless.


  28. Amy says:

    If you make a link your gravatar with your blog URL, reader can just click your gravatar and find your blog. Go to WP support to get the tips if you need help.


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