Department of Educational Psychology


Date of this Version

March 2007


Published in Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology 28:2 (March-April 2007), pp. 184-187; doi:10.1016/j.appdev.2006.12.006. Copyright © 2007 Published by Elsevier Inc. Used by permission.


In 1944, a Muslim day laborer named Kader Mia was knifed while looking for work in Dhaka, Bengal, in what later became the geographically separated eastern part of Pakistan, and still later Bangladesh. His assailants were unknown to him except that they were Hindus for whom his Muslim identity was sufficient reason to kill him. Bleeding profusely, he stumbled through a gate into a garden where he asked an eleven-year-old boy for help and water. The boy called his parents and got some water, but Kader Mia later died in the hospital.