The Brenton Tarant, who attacked two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand in March last year, was sentenced to death, causing a mixed reaction from Bangladeshi citizens and their families. The issue arose in British media response to the BBC’s Bengali version after the verdict was delivered.
Brenton Tarant, 29, set fire to two mosques in Christchurch during a Friday prayer on 15 March last year. The attack killed 51 people, including 5 Bangladeshi nationals living in New Zealand, and injured several others.
Brenton Tarant is given the maximum sentence under New Zealand law for assault. However, some have expressed dissatisfaction with the law, which does not provide for the death penalty.
Bangladeshi Babylon and his wife Afsana Aktar Ritu were inside a mosque on the day of the attack. But he survived. He said, कैसेHow can a man get a chance to survive even after killing 51 people in cold blood? We are a little disappointed with the decision. ‘
He said that his wife had not been out of the house for more than a month after the incident. He always kept doors and windows closed. In his words, my wife has not yet fully recovered from that panic. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to.
However, not all victims are dissatisfied with the verdict like Babylon. Omar Zahid was shot in a gun attack at Al Noor Mosque. He is still not 100 percent physically healthy. Many of his classmates and acquaintances were also killed in the attack.
Expressing satisfaction over Brenton Tarant’s punishment under New Zealand law, he said that even if the convict had been sentenced to death, my dead friends and acquaintances would not have returned. Those who have been injured like me will never return to a healthy, normal life.
“Since he has been given the highest sentence under New Zealand law, I am satisfied,” he said. I think justice has been done.
Farid Uddin Ahmed, husband of Hosain Ara Farid, who lost his life in the attack, gave relief on the verdict. A few days after the attack, Farid Uddin Ahmed told the media that he and his family had pardoned the attacker, Brenton Tarant. He repeated the remark in which the attacker Tarant was sentenced to life imprisonment. “I believe we are now at peace of mind because me and my daughter are able to forgive the attacker,” he said. Now that the attacker has been punished, my mental state has not changed.
Note that there is no scope for capital punishment in the New Zealand judiciary. This is the first time in New Zealand that a person has been sentenced to death without parole. The attacker, Brenton Tarant, must remain in prison until his death.