Introduction: War-crime is an abominable crime against humanity. It is a really sensitive issue in the perspective of Bangladesh because peace-loving people of our country fell victim to a predetermined homicide by the Pakistani occupation forces during the liberation war period. Unfortunately and unexpectedly those beasts were assisted by some black sheep of this land they hurled themselves upon their own brothers and sisters, helpless people of our country. The Pakistani army with the help of some of our own people created a reign of terror across East Pakistan. They are criminals who were helped the Pakistani. They have committed the most heinous crimes against humanity for which their trial has become the crying need of the day.
What is war crime: The Violation or breach of war laws by any nation, state or person is called war crime. According to a book titled “The Black book of
Communism: Crime, Terror and Repression”, war crime means activities such as:
(a) Violation of war laws,
(b) Establishment of slave-camp,,
(c) Indiscriminate torture and killing,
(d) Holocaust-terrible havoc of towns, cities, and villages.
Organizations associated with war crimes: Different anti-liberation forces actively worked during the war period. They were helped the occupation forces of Pakistan. Among different forces the mentionable are Peace-committee, Razakar group, and Al-Badar group. Peace-committee was farmed on the I 0th April 1971. They assisted Pakistan army in many ways. Razakar group was the main accomplice of Pakistani army. They were 50,000 in number. They were very active in remote villages of the then East Pakistan. Al-Badar group was” formed in 1971 in Mymensingh. lt was completely based on religious beliefs and ideals. The heartless killing of our intellectuals was the most barbaric and hateful act of I this group. In brief, they were engaged in rooting out those who believed in Bengali nationalism.
Bangladesh perspective of war crimes: The Pakistani occupation forces tried all their plans to eliminate the existence of the angles. There was hardly any crime that they didn’t commit. Some of our own people were involved with Pakistani with the help of them the Pakistani did blood-curdling massacre of our country. They unleashed their homicidal tendencies and made havoc of everything people, houses, schools, colleges, villages towns, mosques, and temples. Nothing or none got rid of their barbaric destruction. The roads of our country were cluttered with the dead bodies of our mass and vultures and hawks feasted on them, Millions of people, (30 lac) lost their lives. About 2 lac women lost their chastity. Moreover, millions of people were ousted and took shelter in the neighboring country India.
The trial of war criminals in Bangladesh: Awami League government has taken some prag1natic steps to punish war-criminals as a part of their election manifesto. Government has formed a tribunal led. by Justice Md. Nizamul Haque, under the jurisdiction of International Crime (Tribunal) Act, 1973. The tribunal is conducting its procedure with a view to putting the identified war-criminals on trial.
Conclusion: The trial of war criminals is now the demand of time in Bangladesh. So our government should be sincere enough to complete the trial process successfully and punish the cnm111als who rendered irreparable loss to our country.