25th February 2011
India killing innocents on the Bangladesh border?
I came across this ghastly piece of information in The Economist, reporting that BSF shot dead a teenaged Bangladesh girl in Bengal, while she was going back to Bangladesh at an illegal crossing. Apparently BSF has killed 1000 Bangladeshis over 10 years. [See also this report in The Guardian: " A single killing by US law enforcement along the Mexican border makes headlines. The killing of large numbers of villagers by Indian forces has been almost entirely ignored."]
Regardless of the underlying question (legal/illgal transit), IF THIS IS TRUE, THEN this is a CRIME and should be loudly and clearly denounced by all Indians.
By all means arrest people whom you find crossing a border and check their papers. Deport them. But shoot 15 year old girls?
Unthinkable. Barbaric. I do hope this is not true but from all appearances it seems to be true.
What kind of a country is India becoming? Has BSF lost its mind?
Who is authorising such shooting? How would he/she feel if someone shot his/her 15 year old daughter?
I checked google and couldn't find references to this in India's national newspapers, but this has been reported internationally in many newspapers. Will the investigative journalists of India please wake up and tell us what is going on?!
I know my voice is one drop in the ocean, but I deeply apologise to Bangladesh for this crime.
As The Guardian notes, "Routinely shooting poor, unarmed villagers is not how the world's largest democracy should behave."