Daughter of Abdul Jalil, popularly known as Swapan mama, was raped by a neighbour in Brahmanbaria last year
Dhaka University's Teacher-Student Centre (TSC)-based socio-cultural organizations have extended their support towards the popular tea vendor "Swapan mama" whose daughter was raped by a neighbour in Brahmanbaria Sadar upazila last year.
Abdul Jalil, popularly known as Swapan mama among the Dhaka University students, has been vending tea in the TSC area for the last 40 years.
The socio-cultural organizations lamented that although the trial of the rape case is still under way, Jalil and his family members are now living in fear of arrest as the family of the rape accused has recently filed two cases of narcotics against Jalil and his son.
At a press briefing held at the Dhaka University Journalists' Association (Duja) office, the organizations demanded withdrawal of the false cases filed against Jalil and his son, and capital punishment of the rapist.
While reading out a written statement, Duja President Rayhanul Islam Abir said:"All the TSC-based organizations have been protesting against rapes and all forms of sexual harassment since long.
"It is a matter of sorrow that Swapan mama now has to appear before the court as an accused of false cases, not to get justice over the rape of his daughter.
"We demand withdrawal of the false cases filed against Swapan mama and maximum punishment of the rapist," he added.
At the press conference, Dhaka University Film Society General Secretary BM Jobol E Rahamat announced the next course of action.
The organizations will form a human chain at 1pm on Thursday at the base of Raju Memorial Sculpture and hold a cultural program and protest rally at 3pm.
Ducsu Assistant General Secretary Saddam Hussain, its members Tanbir Hasan, and Raisa Naser, and members of other TSC-based organizations were present at the press briefing.