- Posted February 11, 2013 by
West Lafayette, Indiana
In Solidarity with the Shahbagh Movement @ Purdue
We, the Bangladeshi students at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, organized an event at the Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering to show our solidarity with the ongoing people’s movement at Shahbagh (Projonmo Chottor) in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 7th February 2013. The Shahbagh movement started when the International Crimes Tribunal sentenced a war criminal (Abdul Kader Mollah) life term imprisonment on 5th February. The students, activists, bloggers and general citizens of Bangladesh demand capital punishment of Abdul Kader for his heinous crimes against humanity in the Liberation War of 1971 and have been staging their spontaneous protests since February 5 in the Shahbagh intersection in Dhaka. Bangladeshi students in many schools all over the world are also showing their solidarity with this movement.
Bangladesh became an independent nation in 1971, after a nine months long Liberation War with Pakistan. During that time frame, the Pakistani army killed over 3 million Bangladeshis, and raped/mutilated about 600,000 women and children. Besides the Pakistani soldiers, some Bangladeshi collaborators also took part in one of the bloodiest nine-month periods in the history of the world. After 40 long years, the current government of Bangladesh is trying those collaborators in a people’s court.
We, the Bangladeshi students at Purdue, demand a proper sentencing of those convicted in our court of law and commemorate the souls sacrificed in the Liberation War of 1971. We want justice for the families of the victims of 1971. We want the families to have a sense of closure. We want the families to start healing. We hope the freedom and justice loving people of the free world support this ongoing movement
Contributors: Raihan Jamil, Samiul Hasan and Yamen Hoque
Photo Credit: Fahinaz Ferdous Meema, Sanoar Rahman Biddut