Nurses from other hospitals, and students of nursing colleges also joined the demonstration, demanding speedy trial of the culprits
People in several districts of the country demonstrated on Sunday, protesting the killing of Shahinur Akhter Tania, a nurse of Ibn Sina Hospital who was gang-raped, and killed on a moving bus on May 6 in Bajitpur upazila of Kishoreganj.
In Rajbari, people from different walks of life staged demonstration demanding justice for Shahinur Akhter Tania’s murder.
Abdullah Nursing Institute students, teachers, social activists, footballers, and students of various schools brought out processions in the district.
Rajbari Mahila Parishad President Laili Nahar, Vice-President Shamsunahar Chowdhury, acting general secretary Dr Purnima Dutta, teacher Anjuman-Ara, social activist Sriti Islam, and footballer Lily Akhter, took part in the protest.
In Rajshahi, hundreds of nurses staged a demonstration, demanding exemplary punishment for the culprits who gang-raped, and murdered nurse Shahinoor Akter Tania.
Nurses’ Association of Rajshahi Medical College Hospital started the demonstration in front of RMCH around 10:00am, and blocked the road in front of the hospital.
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Nurses from other hospitals, and students of nursing colleges also joined the demonstration, demanding speedy trial of the culprits.
In Barisal, committee for preventing torture against women and children organized programmes protesting the killing of bus passenger, senior nurse Shaninur Aktar Tania, and demanded speedy trial, and capital punishment of the killers.
The members formed a human chain, and began agitation rally in the morning in front of Ashwini Kumar Hall of the city.
Rabeya Khatun, president of Bangladesh Mohila Parishad Barisal unit, presided over the programme,which was participated by representatives from more than fifty professional, human and women rights organization, including Swadhinata Nurses Parishad, Zam Zam Nursing Institute, and Integrated Social Development Association.
In Kurigram, Swadhinata Nurses Parishad and Nursing Institute of the district, formed a human chain in front of Kurigram General Hospital around 11am, protesting nurse Shaninur Aktar’s murder.
Shahinoor Akter Tania, who worked at Ibne Sina Hospital’s Kalyanpur branch in Dhaka, died in mysterious circumstances in a passenger bus, while on her way home to Kishoreganj’s Katiadi upazila, on May 6.
Police and family sources said, Tania boarded a Swarnalata Paribahan bus from the capital’s Mohakhali to go to her home in Lohajury in Katiadi, around 3:00pm on that day.
The bus reached Katiadi around 8:00pm where all the other passengers got down.
She was the only passenger when the bus was heading towards Pirijpur, from where her home is 10-minutes rickshaw ride away.
When she did not reach home on time, her family started searching for her. Later, around 11:00pm, they received a call from the Katiadi Upazila Health Complex, and learned that Tania was dead.
According to the autopsy report of the victim, she was gang-raped and murdered.
Our correspondents Tanvir Mahmud from Rajbari, Abdullah Dulal from Rajshahi, Anisur Rahman Swapan from Barisal and Ariful Islam from Kurigram contributed to the story.