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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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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfD4i7fRMXM

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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Vietnam Offering Support to Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh

Sustained aid from nations is necessary to continue WFP operations in Bangladesh, the UN agency warned

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Rohingya Muslims, who crossed over from Myanmar into Bangladesh, wade past a waterlogged path leading to the Jamtoli refugee camp in Ukhiya, Bangladesh. VOA

United Nations World Food Programme in Bangladesh said it welcomed a new contribution of $50,000 from Vietnam to support operations in Coxs Bazar – home to nearly one million Rohingya Muslim refugees from Myanmar.

“We are very grateful to Vietnam for stepping up to assist people living in Cox’s Bazar refugee camps,” said Richard Ragan, WFP Representative and Country Director, in a statement.

“This remains a serious humanitarian emergency, and continued support from the international community is vital if we are to keep providing the humanitarian assistance that is so badly needed.”

Vietnam’s new aid was announced by the Special Envoy of Prime Minister, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Nguyen Quoc Dzung, during a visit to Bangladesh, according to WPF.

“Although this is a modest contribution, we are hopeful that our support will advance the response to this crisis situation,” he said.

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Rohingya women and children are seen at a temporary shelter in the Kalindi Kunj area of New Delhi, India, April 15, 2018. VOA

Vietnam joins dozens of other states who have pledged their support to the Cox’s Bazar response since the August 2017 refugee influx, said WFP, which provides food assistance to more than 870,000 refugees per month at the sprawling refugee settlement.

The UN agency also provides nutritional and livelihood support to the host community at Cox’s Bazaar, with the aim of helping the most vulnerable, WFP said.

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Sustained aid from nations is necessary to continue WFP operations in Bangladesh, the UN agency warned.

Over 750,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to Cox’s Bazar since August 2017 to escape persecution and violence by Myanmar’s military in Northern Rakhine State. Thousands of other Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh during previous periods of repression in Myanmar. (IANS)