Families have an important role to play
According to reports, most of the terrorists of the Gulshan and Sholakia attacks were educated young men from well-off families who were missing for months. They were probably being brainwashed and trained inside the country by a terrorist organisation for these operations.
We fail to understand their families' role in their lives. What level of care, concern and persistence they put behind their misguided children? What actions did they take when they went missing? Disowning their sons now seems to be a poor recompense to their souls which need to be searched in a more comprehensive and rational manner.
Bangladesh is fortunate to have a high level of youth population. But our society and families need to be aware of any deviant behaviour and action by our youth and must develop systems and procedures to protect them from becoming terrorists. The authorities should take bold actions to support families and educational institutions to track the missing youth before it is too late.
Dr. A.T. Rafiqur Rahman
New York, US