Dhaka, Aug 26 (UNB)-- Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK) and Bangladesh Mahila Parishad (BMP) on Sunday demand proper investigation into the rape of two minor girls of Tripura community at Rangati’s Tripura Para in Lama upazila of Bandarban on Wednesday allegedly by the members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB).
The rights bodies, in separate press statements, also demanded steps to ensure exemplary punishment of the culprits.
The victims alleged that they were taken to a nearby jungle from their home in Tripura Para by a man, Jonerong Tripura, on Wednesday where three 'BGB troops- Sumon, Maruf and Rabiul Islam- violated them, which was ‘very unfortunate and alarming’, they said.
“The recent incidents of rape, torture and murder of children and girls in the hill areas made us extremely anxious,” said the ASK statement.
“In many cases, there have been allegations against members of the security forces and we urge the authorities to bring the culprits to book,” it said.
Besides, the rights bodies also urged the authorities concerned to ensure proper treatment and safety of the two indigenous girls and take steps to stop the recurrence of such incidents .
Mymensingh, Aug 26 (UNB) – Four motorcyclists were killed in separate road accidents in Tarakanda, Sadar and Phulpur upazilas here on Sunday.
In Tarakanda upazila, two motorcyclists-- Din Islam, 40, and Yasin, 45, -- were killed when a bus hit their vehicle in Kakni area around 11:30am, said Mahbubur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Tarakanda police station.
In Trishal upazila, motorcyclist Jewel Miah was killed when a bus rammed his vehicle in Kajir Simla area around 10am.
In Phulpur upazila, another motorcyclist Rezaul Karim was killed as a CNG-run auto-rickshaw hit his motorbike in Balia area, said A K M Mahbubul Alam, officer-in-charge of Phulpur police station.
Dhaka, Aug 26 (UNB) – Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) on Sunday expressed deep concern over Malaysian government’s decision to stop taking migrant workers from Bangladesh.
TIB also said it might bring striking negative impact on country’s migrant labour market and economy too.
TIB, in a press statement, came up with the observations in reaction to media report on Malaysian government’s decision of suspending taking migrant workers from Bangladesh due to corrupt practices followed in the manpower recruitment process.
Though he expressed deep concern in the development, TIB Executive Director Dr. Iftekharuzzaman, however, said “I want to ask Bangladesh government to take the Malaysian government’s decision as a positive one as it brought forth the opportunity to get rid of syndication in manpower sending process.”
He said the Bangladesh government can still have a chance to send workers through discussion with Malaysian government but before that it has to put in place a ‘syndicate-free’ recruitment system.
The TIB executive director also said the government should take visible steps to make the workers sending process free and competitive one for all agencies and to take initiatives to fix a logical expense to send workers in a transparent way.
Otherwise, he feared of Bangladesh losing the huge Malaysian labour market for its remittance earners.
Dr. Iftekharuzzaman said “Those who are backing the illegal syndicate are not out of government’s knowledge but they are still active. So, I ask government to take immediate step to make the market a fair one.”
Dhaka, Aug 26 (UNB)- Nobel laureate Amartya Sen has issued a statement in support of photographer Shahidul Alam, who was arrested from the capital on August 5 following his Facebook posts on student protests demanding safe roads.
Sen is among global intellectuals who have voiced support for Shahidul. Noam Chomsky, Arundhati Roy, PEN International, several photography associations and press bodies, including RSF and the Committee to Protect Journalists, have raised their voice for ShahidulAlam’s release.
"Freedom of expression, including through photojournalism, is extremely important for democracy. We’ve good reason to admire the work that ShahidulAlam has been doing with great skill and courage for many years. His work should receive praise and appreciation, rather than being ground for harsh treatment,” Sen told a group of Indian photographers who are running a campaign in support of Alam, reports Outlook India, an Indian magazine.
Police detained Alam on the night of August 5 and he was remanded for a week on charges of spreading propaganda and false information against the government.
Police charged Shahidul with using electronic media to instigate disorder in the country and spread fabricated information and rumours via social media.
Chattogram, Aug 26 (UNB) – Rama Chowdhury, writer and one of the 200,000 Biranganas of the Liberation War, has been suffering her old age complications at Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Chittagong Medical College Hospital.
Some portion of her body swelled up due to shortage of blood and blood pressure went out of control, making it concerning to revive to life, Alauddin Ahmed Khokon, physical steward of the war heroine said quoting duty doctor of the hospital.
The danger to life of her sickness will be made sure after some medical tests, Alauddin said.
Rama Chowdhury had been suffering prolonged illness after she sustained fracture in her waist on falling down at her residence in Boalkhali upazila in the district on December 24, 2017.
The writer was undergoing treatment at the hospital’s freedom fighters cabin since 25 March after vomiting blood.
Born at Popadia village in Boalkhali upazila in 1941, Rama Chowdhury fell prey to perverted Pakistani military forces at her own residence on May 13, 1971 during Liberation War.
The freedom fighter wielded her pen and wrote 19 books including novel, poetry, articles alongside her profession teaching in high schools.