The Execution of Abdul Kader Molla

Right now everyone must be thinking why a 17 year old in the UK is talking about this when she is ‘too young to understand politics?’ However, this is where I would have to disagree with those people.

For the last 17 years I can honestly say that I have never had any interest in politics, especially Bangladeshi politics. However, over the past year things have dramatically changed. A genuine interest in politics grew from within, but it was these recent events (the execution of Abdul Kader Molla on 12th December 2013) in Bangladesh which intrigued me to do my own research as well as converse with people who understand Bangladeshi politics to widen my knowledge about this.

In some people’s eyes I may be ‘too young to understand’ or ‘too soft-hearted’ simply because I have conflicting opinions to you, however I am a British girl where we pride ourselves in having the freedom of individual beliefs and opinions. Additionally, I strongly believe that my mother has taught me the difference between right and wrong and I have been given a voice to speak out against what I think is wrong.

Executing a 65 year old man was wrong!

For those who may not know Abdul Kader Molla; he was a politician and a war criminal that brutally killed, raped and took part in disgusting acts which took the lives of many innocent lives during the 1971 Bangladeshi Liberation war.

Don’t get me wrong, there are no doubts that his disgusting behaviour 42 years ago needs punishment, but was an execution really necessary?

Molla had 6 charges against him, where two were life sentences (in Bangladesh, this tends to be not more than 20 years), three were 15 years each and the last charge was the death penalty.

If we take the death penalty out of the equation for a moment, we can calculate that without adding the punishment of the final charge it would consequently mean that Molla was looking at 85 years in prison. I’m no Einstein but if you use basic common sense (which the majority of Bangladeshis seem to lack) then I think it’s safe to say that if a 65 year old has to serve 85 years in prison then he would eventually die in prison.

The people of Bangladesh seem so fixated on the fact that he should die for his crimes as a ‘punishment’ but if they actually wanted justice then they would have made him suffer in prison just like he made all those people suffer in 1971. By hanging him, he hasn’t really suffered for those horrific things he did in 1971.To some extent it can actually be argued that he was given an ‘easy way out’ only because that’s it now. He’s dead. There’s no more suffering in this world for him.

The part that really made me disgusted to be associated with that country was the fact that in the aftermath of the execution, Bangladeshis took to the streets to celebrate the death. This is the point when I actually realised that there was no humanity in that country and made me so grateful to be British. At what point did everyone become so cold-hearted?

This incident even sparked international frenzy:

– The Turkish PM, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has deeply condemned the execution call it a mistake that “history will not forgive.”

– The state of Qatar has also expressed condemnation.

– The National Assembly of Pakistan passed a resolution vote to condemn the hanging of Abdul Quader Molla. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan described the punishment of Molla as a “judicial murder.”

Muslim Council of Britain said “It is a sad day for Bangladesh and sad day for democracy and justice. The trial process of Abdul Quader Molla was fraught with flaws and the international community including the UN and all respected Human Rights organisations world over strongly criticised the trial as unfair, biased and politically driven.”

Islamic Circle of North America said “This is a political murder and a dark day for justice”.

It is quite surprising to see that the rest of the world can see what a mistake this was however, the Bangladeshi Government and its people are completely blinded to this.

In my opinion, there is really only one woman behind all of this…

But I will make a blog soon about who I think is behind this. For now, if you just think about what I have said so far regardless of my age or where I am from. I am sure; you will soon see that I do actually make some sense!

There are some people out there who are calling him a ‘hero’ but I wouldn’t go as far as saying that. I am not stupid, I do understand what he did was wrong but all I am saying is that there are more ways a person can be punished for his deeds other than death.

Those who know me well know that I have always been a very proud British Bangladeshi, but slowly that is starting to evaporate and I am increasingly becoming so ashamed of that country.

In the words of British Historian Alan Bullock which precisely describes the people of Bangladesh who are celebrating this death:

‘The corruption of people is to behave in an inhuman way.’