ASIA/BANGLADESH - Bishop of Rajshahi: "Behind the radicalization of young people there is the failure of the family"

Wednesday, 6 July 2016 islam   terrorism   youth   family   dialogue   human rights  

Diocese Rajshahi

Rajshahi (Agenzia Fides) - "Parents do not care about children: there is a failure of the family. They have given them only money and good life without taking care of their education, ideas, mentality. They have exposed them to the ideological propaganda that promised them to become heroes or have Heaven, by killing. There is a generation gap. And we cannot forget the issue of madrasas (the free Koranic schools) where young people are brainwashed, training them to radical ideas. This is really a national problem": says in an interview with Fides, His Exc. Mgr. Gervas Rozario, Bishop of Rajshahi, after the massacre in Dhaka on July 1, when a commando of seven young terrorists between 20 and 22 years of age killed 20 hostages.
The young men were all from wealthy or upper middle-class families and had attended private international schools. One of them, Rohan Imtiaz Khan, was the son of a politician of the Awami League party, the party that is in government in Bangladesh. His father has publicly asked forgiveness to the population, admitting his "failure". "What strikes public opinion is that these terrorists were decent boys", notes the Bishop, who launches an appeal to Muslim leaders: "There are Bangladeshi Islamic leaders who have condemned the violence, but we must do more in the country and do it together. All the healthy forces must unite, starting from the institutions, to bring back the values of peace and tolerance at the centre of the political agenda and defeat the terrorist threat together". (PA) (Agenzia Fides 06/07/2016)