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Dhaka Tribune


Protesters warn of tougher movement

  • Administrative building besieged
  • A silent protest observed at its entrance from 9am to 11am
Update : 16 Feb 2024, 12:20 AM

Anti-rape protesters at Jahangirnagar University (JU) continued their agitation before the administrative building for the 12th consecutive day on Thursday, pressing home their five-point demand, including that of ensuring the highest punishment for those accused of rape and the eviction of non-students from the university halls.

The teachers and students of Nipiron Birodhi Mancha besieged the administrative building and observed a silent protest at its entrance from 9am to 11am, for the third consecutive day.

Administrative services remained suspended during the period.

Their other demands are legal action against drug dealing syndicates at the university halls and action against Assistant Professor Mahmudur Rahman Jony of the university’s Public Health and Informatics Department, who is accused of harassing the students. 

The agitators demanded that those who were previously accused of committing crimes on campus be punished as well. 

They have demanded a probe against university Proctor ASM Firoz Ul Hasan and provost of Mir Mosharraf Hossain Hall Professor Dr Sabbir Alam over the much-talked-about rape incident on the campus. The teachers and students said that the two academics must also be suspended until the probe is complete. 

Mafruhi Sattar, a professor at the Pharmacy Department, said: “We have raised our five-point demand before the university administration,but we are yet to see any satisfactory or visible progress in this regard. Our silent protest is aimed at exposing the indifference of the administration.

“We want the conscience of all conscientious people at the university to be awakened. If this problem is not resolved, we fear that the admission test may not be completed properly. If the administration does not resolve this issue immediately, we will be forced to stop the admission test.”

Amena Islam, associate professor at the Journalism and Media Studies Department, said: "Today is the 12th day of the ongoing movement, and we have worn black clothes today. We want to realize our demands by allowing the education, culture, and research activities of the university to continue. I would like to ask the administration whether they are ready to provide security to thousands of people in the public gathering for the entrance examination next week. Are the proctors and administrative teams ready?

“We expect maximum justice and action in the recent case of rape. If the administration wants our cooperation, we will come forward with assistance. If this administration fails, we urge the prime minister to come forward in this regard.”

Alif Mahmud, convener of the Chhatra Union at JU, demanded that the administration bring back the quality of education that has decayed over time due to its failure to run the university. 

“Instead of expelling the non-students, the administration is regularly harassing the common students. The university has not implemented the decisions taken at an emergency syndicate meeting. If the demands are not met, then we will go for stricter programs,” he warned.

Mahfuzul Islam Megh, member secretary of the Nipiron Birodhi Mancha, alleged that the administration had announced some measures to divert the agitators, but even those measures have not been implemented to date. 

On February 3, Chhatra League leader Mustafizur Rahman, a former student of the university, and his associates allegedly raped a woman on the campus, sparking fierce protests.

The court has sent all six people involved in the incident to jail.

The rape incident revealed that all the accused except one involved in the incident lacked studentship, and a large number of non-students were staying in the halls, taking advantage of their political affiliation with the ruling Awami League.

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