Where should slain terrorists be buried? Bollywood debates (Lead)

December 3rd, 2008 - 4:24 pm ICT by IANS  

Farhan AkhtarMumbai, Dec 3 (IANS) Where should the slain terrorists behind the 60-hour bloodbath in Mumbai be buried? As the controversy intensifies, Bollywood filmmakers and actors give their view: Abbas Tyrewala: It is said that the spirit of the dead, which do not get a decent burial, roam forever. That’s a terrible thought in this case. I certainly don’t want the spirit of those terrorists to roam our country. At the same time, I don’t want them to be buried in our country. In fact, I can think of a hundred horrible things to do with their bodies, all unmentionable.

On a more expressible level, I thought, why not use their organs for medical purposes? But no way. Not those organs in those diseased souls, please. So why don’t we just throw them back into the sea? But do we want the sea to be polluted? So that leaves us with little choice. I am confused. But I remember during the Kargil war our soldiers gave a decent burial to the Pakistani soldiers who perished on this side of the border. That was them. This is something else. So what do we do with their bodies?

Anees Bazmi: At this moment the wounds inflicted on us are very deep indeed. Tempers are bound to cloud our better judgement. My personal belief is, if the bodies as per the law are not claimed, we should allow the burials on our soil. Let’s not forget, we’re humans first. Sooner or later the enemies will appreciate our humane gesture and hang their heads in shame.

Farhan Akhtar: Send them back to Karachi on the boats they arrived in.

Mahesh Bhatt: Let the army answer the question of their burial. There’s a code as to how to handle the enemies’ corpses during war time. During the Kargil war the Indian army buried the enemy’s unclaimed corpses with dignity. That is India.

Iqbal Khan: Those people were not Muslims. Islam does not permit what has happened. In addition, they didn’t even belong to our country. But since we aren’t as destructive as they are, we should return the bodies to their country.

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