Dhaka, Apr 24 (UNB) – Raising alarm at the growing incidents of rape in the country, Jatiya Oikyafront convener Dr Kamal Hossain on Wednesday urged people to wage a united movement to protect women’s rights and establish the rule of law.
“Unwanted incidents are taking place in the country one after another. The rape of women has turned epidemic. The deterioration in law and order is evident here,” he said while talking to reporters after a meeting of the alliance at his Motijheel chamber.
Dr Kamal, also Ganofourm president, further said, “We think the movement has to be strengthened and people have to take to the street actively so that their rights are protected and the rule of law is established. It’s now essential.”
Oikyafront leader ASM Abdur Rob said they will hold a mass gathering at Shahbagh intersection in the city at 4pm on April 30 in protest against the killing of Feni madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi, repression on women and growing rape incidents.
Dr Kamal, also the president of Gonoforum, said people want civility and the rule of law to be restored in the country. “At our meeting, we today (Wednesday) decided to take programmes to this end.”
He alleged that law enforcers are playing an inactive role in taking action against those breaching law and snatching people’s rights. “Police are very active in taking action against those standing in favour of human rights.”
ASM Abdur Rob said their alliance thinks a suffocating situation has been prevailing in the country where it has become difficult for people to survive. “Two-three rape incidents are happening daily on average while 160 children were raped in the last three months. The country never witnessed such incidents of repression on women and children in the past.”
He also said women and children are now insecure both at home and outside due to prevailing anarchic situation in the country. “It should be stopped immediately. We believe such heinous repression on women and children wouldn’t have taken place had police played an active and impartial role.”
Abdur Rob, also the president of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal, urged the people of all walks of life to participate in Oikyafront’s mass gathering programme on April 30 to register their protest against the growing incidents of rape and repression on women and children.
He said the alliance leaders will go to different districts, including Rajshahi and Noakhali, to hold the public hearing on the December-30 national election.
Besides, Rob said Oikyafront will hold a civic rally in the city during the upcoming fasting-month Ramadan.
He said their alliance thinks the government is pushing BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia towards death by keeping her in jail in cases filed only to harass her. “We, on behalf of Oikyafront, demand the unconditional release of Khaleda Zia.”
Besides, Rob said their alliance also demand the government to free several thousand BNP leaders and activists who have been kept in jail in ‘false and fictitious’ cases.
At their meeting, he said the alliance leaders expressed deep shock at the death of Zayan Chowdhury, grandson of Awami League Presidium Member Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, in a terrorist attack in Sri Lanka on Sunday.
They also conveyed their sympathy to the bereaved family members and wished early recovery of Zayan’s father who sustained serious injuries in the attack. “We also strongly condemned the terror attack in Sri Lanka.”
Replying to a question, Rob said Oikyafront is still strict to its decision on not taking oath by its MPs-elect.
BNP standing committee member Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan, Krishak Sramik Janata League president Abdul Kader Siddiqui, Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna, Gonoforum executive president Subrata Chowdhury, its leaders Professor Abu Sayeed, Reza Kibria and Gonoshasthya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury, among others, joined the meeting with Dr Kamal in the chair.
Dhaka, Apr 24 (UNB) – BNP on Wednesday alleged that the government has failed to control the market ahead of Ramadan as the prices of essential commodities keep growing.
“The Commerce Minister a few days back announced that the prices of essentials won’t go up. But the prices of all the commodities started growing a day after the minister’s such comment,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, he also said people are going through immense sufferings to cope with the skyrocketing prices of commodities.
“Low-income people have got stunned over the continued rise in the prices of essentials. The government has completely failed to rein in the market ahead of the holy Ramadan,” the BNP leader added.
Asked whether they will announce any programme to protest the price hike of essentials, he said they are registering their protest through the press conference. “We’ll also work out programmes to make people aware of it.”
Rizvi also voiced concerned over the supply of ‘contaminated’ water by Dhaka Wasa. “The government is least bothered about people’s problems as it has been in power illegally. Waterborne diseases like diarrhoea and typhoid turned epidemic in Dhaka city, but Wasa is playing an inactive role in this regard.”
Even, he said Wasa Managing Director (MD) Taqsem A Khan does not drink the water supplied by his organisation. “Some protesters went to Wasa Bhaban yesterday (Tuesday) and offered him (Taqsem) juice made from water supplied by Wasa, but he didn’t drink it.”
The protesters from the city’s Jurain area went to Wasa Bhaban, holding a jar of muddy water supplied by the state-owned organisation, in protest against Taqsem’s remark that their supplied water is 100 per cent drinkable.
The BNP leader said the Wasa MD can afford mineral water, but the low-income people like rickshaw- and van-pullers have to drink the Wasa water. “You (Tasmem) claimed Wasa water is cent percent pure. If it’s true, why don’t you take it?
He demanded the government ensure pure water supply by Wasa.
Dhaka, Apr 23 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain on Tuesday alleged that the country is now under the grip of “unelected” people selected by Awami League.
“Democracy is now locked in Awami League’s box. In parliament, all but two are selected by Awami League. Even in the recent upazila polls, 441 out of 445 chairmen are selected by Awami League,” he said.
Speaking at a discussion, the BNP leader further said, “The current government is not an elected one which is run by some people selected by Awami League. So, parliament, cabinet and upazilas now are not run by the elected representatives of people.”
Former leaders of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club in memory of the organisation’s founding convener and BNP chairperson’s adviser Kazi Asaduzzaman Asad who died on April 3 last.
As per the Constitution, Mosharraf, a BNP standing committee member, said only the elected representatives have the jurisdiction to govern the country. “But the ruling party has restored one-party Baksal rule unofficially by putting unelected people in the different important posts which should be held by elected the representatives of people.”
He said it is not possible to free the country from the grasp of Baksal rule without freeing BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail.
Mosharraf urged the people of all walks of life, including the students and youths, to get united to free Khaleda Zia from jail for the restoration of democracy and people’s all ‘lost’ rights.
He also recalled the contributions of Kazi Asad to JCD, BNP and different democratic movements in the country. “BNP will always stand by the family members of Kazi Asad.”
Dhaka, Apr 23 (UNB) – BNP on Tuesday alleged that local ruling party MP and its big leaders are involved in the murder of Feni madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi.
Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi also alleged that the government is trying to hush up the incident to escape public wraths.
“Awami League MP, its local unit president and other big leaders are involved in the barbaric killing of Sonagazi madrasa student Nusrat. Even, the SP and OC there abetted the ruling party men,” he said.
The BNP leader further said, “So, the government is trying to hide the incident to save the MP, their leaders and police administration from public wraths. The ruling party leaders turned the entire country into a rape valley.”
He also alleged that Awami League leaders and activists have long been on the spree of rape, repression and killing across the country. “Violence against women has now broken all the previous records as killings and women repression have now become the habit of ruling party men. The situation in the country is now even worse than that of 1972-75.”
Rizvi alleged that the government is not taking any step to check violence against women though awful incidents of repression on women are taking place regularly.
On April 6, Nusrat Jahan Rafi was set afire an examination centre of Alim examination at the ‘behest’ of Sonagazi Senior Fazil Madrasa Principal Sirajuddoul after he was arrested for sexually harassing her. Rafi died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital on April 10.
Rizvi said their chairperson Khaleda Zia is not provided proper treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University as the government is trying to kill her in a planned way.
He urged the government to ensure the release of their chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail on bail so that she can receive proper treatment at a hospital of her choice.
Dhaka, Apr 22 (UNB) – President of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) Prof AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury on Monday laid emphasis on establishing the politics of respect coming out of that of hatred to give democracy an institutional shape in the country.
Speaking at a discussion-cum-doa mahfil, he also recalled the contributions of national leaders to the country and its development.
BBD arranged the programme at its Badda office in memory of national leaders, including Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Moulana Bhasani, Ziaur Rahman, Sher-e-Bangla AK Fazlul Huq, Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy, MAG Osmani and recently died party leaders.
“Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was the architect of the Independence and its dreamer. We also remember all other national leaders who made contributions to the country from their respective fields,” he said.
B Chowdhury, a former president, said the nation needs to get rid of the prevailing trend of the politics of hatred. “The true democracy will be established in the country when the politics of respect will be introduced.”
BDB secretary general Abdul Mannan and presidium member Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury, among others, spoke at the programme.