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Bangladesh professor gets death threat over confronting a student with Niqab

Dr. Azizur Rahman said, "The extremists groups are trying to capitalize the veil issue”.

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In a recent incidence, a Dhaka university professor Dr. Azizur Rahman has received a death threat over confronting a student with Niqab.

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Here is a brief summary of his point of view.

  • Dr. Azizur Rahman is a professor of psychology at Dhaka University, Bangladesh.
  •  He confronted a student in his classroom for wearing Niqab (a veil, dress which covers the whole body except eyeballs). An edited video of this particular incident was posted online with misleading captions followed by a death threat.
  • Several false allegations were brought against Dr. Rahman on social media which stated that he insulted a female student, criticized her dress and even compelled her to leave the room.
  • Dr. Rehman himself clarifies that “When she was asking a question I was unable to listen to her question. Even it was difficult to identify her. So I asked her to unveil her face and raise her question”. He further says that the extremists groups are trying to “capitalize the veil issue”.
  • Dr. Rahman was even defended by the student, Taposhi Rabeya herself. Adding to the fact that she was surprised by the threats against her professor. She further wrote “ I hope all will realize the truth and uphold the dignity of the teacher, and refrain from further misinterpreting the issue
  • Since the beginning of 2015, nearly 15 writers, activists, religious minorities and foreign workers have been killed and targeted. Islamic extremists have even claimed the responsibility of these attacks leading to a sense of fear among Bangladeshis. As a result, many have migrated to the United States and Europe to seek asylum.
  • Bangladeshi government insists it is working in this context, but so far no one has been charged in any of the killings. However, Dr. Rahman is now under police protection. Armed security guards and plainclothes policemen keep a watch outside his house where Dr. Rahman lives with his wife.

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Khaleda Zia granted bail in 2008 corruption case

Khaleda is a two-time Bangladesh Prime Minister, having ruled from 1991-96 and again from 2001-06

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Khaleeda Zia granted 64 months bail. IANS

Bangladesh Nationalist Party Chairperson Khaleda Zia, convicted in a corruption case, was granted bail on Monday.

BNP leader Zia secured a four-month bail in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case in which she was handed five years of imprisonment by a Bangladesh court.

“Now, there is no legal bar to let Khaleda walk out of prison on bail,” Bangladesh Daily Star quoted BNP Advocate Sagir Hossain Leon as saying.

Earlier today, a bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Shahidul Karim passed the bail order in response to a petition moved by Khaleda before a high court back in February.

Her bail was considered on four grounds, including her health condition.

Further, the high court directed the concerned authority to prepare the paper book of the case within the next four months for hearing the appeal she filed against her conviction in the case.

The high court sentenced Zia’s eldest son and Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s (BNP) Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman and four others for at least 10 years with a fine of 2.10 crore Bangladeshi takas (Tk).

The Anti-Corruption Commission had earlier filed a case in 2008 with Ramna Police Station, accusing six persons including Khaleda and her son Tarique.

Khaleda is a two-time Bangladesh Prime Minister, having ruled from 1991-96 and again from 2001-06.

In a political career spanning almost four decades, Khaleda went to the jail several times but was never convicted. She was detained several times during the anti-Ershad movement between the 1980s and 1990s.

In March 1983, she was made vice-chairperson of BNP after her husband and former Bangladesh President Ziaur was assassinated.

She went on to become the party’s chairperson in 1984, a position which she holds today. May 10, 1984.

Since the last three decades, Bangladeshi politics have been dominated by Zia and current Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

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