An unprecedented phenomenon started to take shape in the Shahabag Square on February 05, 2013. On that day, the International War Crime Tribunal Bangladesh announced it’s verdict for Abdual Quader Mollah for his crimes against humanity in 1971. The tribunal had indicted him on 28 May 2012 on six charges for “actively participating, facilitating, aiding and substantially contributing to the attack directed upon the unarmed civilians, causing commission of the horrific genocides, murders and rapes.” The court concluded that 5 out of 6 accusations against Quader Mollah had been established through the trial and handed down the sentence of life-imprisonment.
The youth, mostly bloggers and online activists, who are not affiliated with any political party or organization, spontaneously started to meet at Shahabaq Square to protest this verdict. Their demand is capital punishment. They believe the sentencing has been uneven and it does not match the crime perpetrated by Mollah. Soon, people from all walks of life started to gather to show support for this spontaneous burst of emotion.