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Mobile court punishment draws flak as elderly men humiliated

The incident took place on Friday afternoon

Update : 28 Mar 2020, 11:53 AM

Netizens and locals have expressed their anger and dissatisfaction with the punishment a mobile court in Jessore has handed down to three elderly men for not using masks amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The mobile court led by Executive Magistrate and Assistant Commissioner (Land) Sayeema Hasan conducted a drive in different areas of Monirampur upazila on Friday afternoon.

During the drive, she asked the three elderly men, including a van driver and a vegetable vendor, at Chinatola Bazar to hold their ears with their hands in public as punishment.

She also captured a photo of the punishment.

Executive Magistrate and Assistant Commissioner (Land) Sayeema Hasan captures a photo of the punishment given to two elderly men on Friday , March 27, 2020 | Collected

Her photo capturing moments with the humiliated elderly individuals went viral on social media later and drew huge criticism.

Monirampur Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Ahsan Ullah Sharifi said the matter is very regrettable.

"She should not have done it. The deputy commissioner has already been informed about the matter," he added.

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