The Daily Star

Your Right To Know
Saturday, February 6, 2016

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

All killers should be punished

Top Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah was sentenced to life imprisonment instead of capital punishment for committing crime against humanity during the Liberation War. People have become outraged and demonstrating at Shahbag intersection for the last two weeks demanding capital punishment for him and other war criminals as well. A killer must be punished, whether he kills one person, or many.

We laud the younger generation for becoming vocal on the lenient punishment awarded to Quader Mollah. It is heartening to see people becoming united to protest against the unjust decision. We saw in the language movement of 1952 and in the Liberation War of 1971 how victory was achieved by the united movement of the people.

But people should also protest the pardoning of 22 murderers, who were sentenced to death, by the president. They should demand punishment of those who killed Bishwajit Das; demand death sentence for the rapists; demand arrest of the murderers of Sagar-Runi; demand arrest of the kidnappers who kill for money; and ask the government to rescue people who have disappeared mysteriously in the last couple of years.

The Padma Bridge scam is another issue. The young generation must raise the question of why Syed Abul Hossain has become more important than the bridge that the people have been dreaming of.

Share on


Thank you for your bold and informative writing, which includes all the issues that are quite appropriate to be addressed at the ongoing demonstration programme from the Shahbagh Square platform; along side the legitimate demand of all walks of life to punish the war criminals with capital punishment.

: Mashudul Haque

I STRONGLY AGREE WITH NUR JAHAN!!! Thank you for highlighing all these issues. These issues are NOT POLITICAL ISSUES!!! They are NATIONAL ISSUES of the UTMOST IMPORTANCE!!!! However, whenever I raise these issues to the Shahbag movement supporters, I find a very STROND RELUCTANCE on their part to discuss these issues or bring them into their demand list... i keep hearing the ENGLISH EXAM MATHS EXAM logic... tell me, when was the last time when there was such a great platform for Bangladesh? NEVER! I say aim for the STARS, then atleast you will LAND ON THE MOON!!! Also such RELUCTANCE on the part of the shahbag supporters casts a strong doubt on the independance and true vision and goal of the movement...






The Daily Star

©, 1991-2016. All Rights Reserved