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Capital punishment not an answer to terrorism: Taslima

Last Updated: Thursday, January 28, 2010 - 20:20

New Delhi: A day after five persons were
executed in Bangladesh for assassination of Sheikh Mujibur
Rahman, exiled Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen today said
she disfavoured capital punishment for any crime even though
she had been "devastated" by former president`s killing.

"I do not believe that hanging of criminals would
bring an end to crime anywhere. You ought to eradicate the
source of crime. You have to educate the people on democracy
and human rights. Death penalty is not a solution to checking
crime," she told PTI in an e-mail while commenting on
execution of five ex-army officers convicted for assassinating
Mujib in 1975.

"Although I was devastated to hear Mujib`s (Mujibur
Rahman) assassination and have always been against terrorism,
fanaticism and fundamentalism, I am not in favour of death
penalty," said the ex-physician-turned-feminist author, who is
under attack from Muslim fundamentalists for her book `Lajja`.

Her argument was that Bangladesh has hanged a few
terrorists in the past also but it did not put an end to

"Now, Bangladesh has hanged five army officers who
assassinated Mujibur Rahman, but I believe this would not stop
the killing of progressive leaders of the country," said the
Bengali writer of much talked-about books like `Amar Meyebela`
(My Girlhood), `Utal Hawa` (Wild Wind) and `Dwikhondito`
(Split-up in Two).


First Published: Thursday, January 28, 2010 - 20:20
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