Bangladesh, India: Human Rights Hanging On The Border Fence

Rezwan

Rezwan

Bangladeshis were shocked by widely published photographs of the dead body of a 15 year old Bangladeshi girl hanging on the India-Bangladesh border Fence. According to news reports the girl named Felani was shot dead by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) at Anantapur while she was illegally crossing the border with her father while traveling back to Bangladesh.

Mahmud Faisal elaborates how the girl was caught in this tragic fate:

বাবা কাঁটাতার পেরিয়ে চলে এলেন, ফেলানীর কাপড় আঁটকে গেলে সে ভয়ে চিৎকার করে ওঠে– সাথে সাথে গর্জে ওঠে বিএসএফ-এর বন্দুক। একটা গুলি ফেলানীর পিছন থেকে ঢুকে সামনে দিয়ে বেরিয়ে যায়। তবু সে বেঁচে ছিলো। বি,এস,এফ চাইলেই তো ঐ ৪ ঘন্টা’র মাঝে কিশোরীটিকে আরো কয়েকবার গুলি করে হত্যা নিশ্চিত করতে পারতো। তা না করে তারা ৪ ঘন্টা অপেক্ষার পর যখন মেয়েটি’র গোঙ্গানী বন্ধ ও দেহ নিথর হয়েছে বলে নিশ্চিত হয় তখন এসে লাশ নিয়ে যায়। কাঁটাতারে গুলিবিদ্ধ অবস্থায় ঝুলে থেকে ফেলানী “পানি পানি” বলে চিৎকার করছিলো। সাড়া দেয়ার কেউ ছিলো না। তিরিশ ঘন্টা পর তার লাশ এলো যেভাবে মরা গরুকে ঝুলিয়ে আনা হয়।

Her father managed to cross the barbed wire, but Felani’s clothes got stuck in the wire and she started screaming in fear. Noticing her BSF shot instantaneously and a bullet went through her body. But she did not die. If BSF wanted it could end her misery by putting more bullets into her. But they waited four hours to be sure that she stopped screaming and she is dead. She was screaming “water, water” while she was hanging in the barbed wire, hurt. Nobody listened to her and BSF finally took away her dead body. After 30 hours she was brought back to Bangladesh like hanging a dead cow (in abamboo poll).

Netizens are also frustrated with feeble government response. Helal M Rahman at Blog PlatformAmar Bornomala complains:

এতসব হত্যাকান্ডের পরেও আমাদের রাষ্টযন্ত্রের সবোর্চ্চ পর্যায়ের কোন মাথাব্যথা বা হত্যাকান্ড বন্ধের কোন পদক্ষেপ নিতে দেখা যাচ্ছেনা।

After all these incidents the highest authorities of the government remain silent and they are not doing anything to stop these indiscriminate killings.

Blogger Arif Jebtik writes [bn]:

দিন আগের মতোই চলতে থাকবে। কিছুই বদলাবে না। ভারতের ঋণে আমার রাষ্ট্রে একটা বড় রাস্তা হবে। সেই রাস্তা দিয়ে আসবে যাবে বন্ধুরাষ্ট্রের গাড়িগুলো। আমরা অতিথিপরায়ণ সভ্য জাতি, কোনো দিন তাদের দিকে গুলি ছুড়তে যাব না। চিকন চালে ধোঁয়াওঠা ভাত আর ইলিশ মাছের ঝোল দিয়ে আমরা অতিথি আপ্যায়ন করব।

তৃপ্তির ঢেকুর তুলতে তুলতে বউয়ের জন্য জামদানি শাড়ি ব্যাগে পুরে বিএসএফপ্রধান আমাদের শান্তি আর বন্ধুত্বের বাণী শোনাবেন।

আমরা মোবাইলের এসএমএসে জানব ও বন্ধুদের জানাব, তিন কোটি টাকায় নিলামে বিক্রি হয়েছেন ক্যাপ্টেন সাকিব হাসান। হিন্দি চ্যানেলের সিরিয়াল দেখে আমাদের গিন্নীরা হাঁপুস নয়নে কাঁদতে থাকবেন।

কিন্তু সীমান্তের পাখির মতো মরে যাওয়া আমার বোন ফেলানির জন্য আমরা কেউ কখনো কাঁদব না।

আমরা শুধু তোতাপাখির মতো স্লোগান দিয়ে যাব, ভারত-বাংলাদেশ মৈত্রী_জয় হো!

This will continue to happen. Nothing will change. A long highway will be built with loans from India. Cars from neighboring states will roll into Bangladesh on that highway. We are civilized hosts, we will never treat them with bullets rather with steamed fine rice and Hilsha fish curry.

The BSF chief will continue to preach about peace and friendship after bagging Jamdani Sari as gifts for his wife.

Via SMS we will merrily spread the information that the Bangladesh cricket captain Shakib Al Hasan has been sold in auction of the Indian Premier League for 30 million Taka ($425000). Our housewives will continue to watch Indian TV serials and shed their tears during tragic scenes.

But we will never shed tears for our sister who was butchered in the border inhumanely.

We will just utter the magic words like parrots, long live India-Bangladesh friendship.

First published in Global Voices Online

Security Force And barbed Wire. Image by Sanjeev Syal. Copyright Demotix




9 Responses to “Bangladesh, India: Human Rights Hanging On The Border Fence”

  1. Nuruddin Azam

    Thanks Rezwan for this moving narrative. Rampant killings of hapless Bangladeshis by the Indian Border Security Force have been going on unabated for decades. It is a national disgrace that the governments of Bangladesh have so far chosen to pamper and placate their powerful neighbour instead of protecting their own citizens.

  2. Feroze

    Let’s unite all Bangladeshi to break the shackle of India on us; we need to pick up arms again; this time against the another brutal enemy in disguise. Our spirit is our hope; our faith is our inspiration; our determination is our light.

  3. kazi nasir ahmmed

    I think our neighboring country india has become a real threat to us. they are dominating us at every stage from business to culture and so on. we should give up their products and their culture esp. the indian satellite channels should be banned in our country.

  4. saugat lahiri

    Rezwan,

    Firstly,killing of any individual is deplorable and should be condemned.But,do not just highlight one point of the issue only,and add the spice,jiggoism and a baised anti-view to the same.We gave our blood/food and rations/homes and paid taxes for years to help our Bengali brothers across the border.There can be many terrorist attacks that have happended in the past in India where it unfortunately has a string attached to ceratin sections in Bangladesh.If reqd I can put a write up about those attacks in the same lingo I which you have written and put it on view for the masses on this side of the border and say things like ” you are fools helping all the Bangladeshi guys with many things wherein those people supporting and sending terrorist into India to kill you and your children”.Pls do not forget,that not long in the recent past one of our PM’s was killed by a illegal immigrant woman.Rather there are social issues were we can help each other and improve conditions in Bangladesh wherein people do not need to cross illegally in this manner.If you want to stir up such feelings and fight,its only one assured thing that it can do-make us both blind.

  5. A zabid

    It is very sad that we have to leave with pain in our heart, we are hopeless against such a crime.our goverment is cowerd they will not speak to india regarding this issues.most of our leaders are crimenal there for they do see this is crime against humanity killing is there every day business,when ever you see a minister photographed you will find a killer in the picture.
    human rights organisation I think it is joke it only faver the crimenals.
    we fought against urdo/ hindi is going to be next. our children now speak more hindi then bangla.thanks to our govrment soon there will be no border, we will be taken as part of india,india and bangladesh can not be friends reason like richman and poorman / strongman & weakman you can only be friend if you are equal in power. Until we have good leardership and power we are hopeless against such a crime.I will pray to allah for her and others like her who is the victem of state terrorisum.

  6. A zabid

    It is very sad that we have to leave with pain in our heart, we are hopeless against such a crime.our goverment is cowerd they will not speak to india regarding this issues.most of our leaders are crimenal there for they do not see this is crime against humanity killing is there every day business,when ever you see a minister photographed you will find a killer in the picture.
    human rights organisation I think it is joke it only faver the crimenals.
    we fought against urdo/ hindi is going to be next. our children now speak more hindi then bangla.thanks to our govrment soon there will be no border, we will be taken as part of india,india and bangladesh can not be friends reason like richman and poorman / strongman & weakman you can only be friend if you are equal in power. Until we have good leardership and power we are hopeless against such a crime.I will pray to allah for her and others like her who is the victem of state terrorisum.

  7. s.d.dinar

    it is hard mind it that to leave pain in our country,
    our country hole human’s want
    to our government such a crime .

    when ever you see a minisater
    photo u will finde a crimer and
    killer to the picture. we are hopeless to crimer

    As Soon As Possible
    (rangpur crime files: jr.reporter …..sd dinar)

  8. s.d.dinar

    sorry editing mistake reply

    RCF Jr.reporter.d.dinar on August 12, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    it is hard mind it that to leave pain in our country,

    our country hole human’s want
    to our government such a crime .

    when ever you see a minister
    photo u will fined a crimes and
    killer to the picture. we are hopeless to crimes

    As Soon As Possible
    (rangpur crime files: Jr.reporter …..SD Dinar)

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