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Another sex worker of Daulatdia brothel gets Islamic funeral

  • Published at 03:09 pm February 21st, 2020
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Islamic funeral of a sex worker at Goalanda upazila in Rajbari on Thursday, February 20, 2020 Dhaka Tribune

After the Janaza, Rina Begum was buried in a graveyard adjacent to the brothel around 9pm on Thursday

Another sex worker in Daulatdia village of Goalanda upazila in Rajbari district has been given a proper Islamic funeral.

Imam Md Abu Bakkar Siddiqi of Goalanda ghat mosque on Thursday conducted the Janaza [funeral rites] of 65-year-old Rina Begum, who died of old age complications.

After the Janaza, Rina Begum was buried in a graveyard adjacent to the brothel she had worked in around 9pm.

The ceremony was attended by Rajbari Superintendent of Police Md Mizanur Rahman, Zila Parishad Chairman Freedom fighter Fakir Abdul Jabbar, Goalanda Upazila Assistant  Commissioner (land) Abdullah Al Mamun, Daulatdia Union Parishad Chairman Md Abdur Rahman and many co-workers of the deceased.

Rajbari Superintendent of Police Md Mizanur Rahman, who attended the funeral ceremony of sex worker Rina Begum said: "We are taking care of the humanitarian aspects of the sex workers of Daulatdia brothel under the direction of Dhaka Range DIG Habibur Rahman. From now on, every sex worker will receive a proper Janaza and burial."

Jhumur Begum, president of a coalition of sex workers of Daulatdia brothel, said: "Those who have been living in the brothel are also human. They have a right to proper respect."

Earlier, on February 2, Hamida Begum  became the first sex worker of the country's authorized brothel to receive an Islamic funeral and burial, breaking a longstanding taboo in Muslim-majority Bangladesh.

However, imam Golam Mostafa, who conducted the funeral prayers for Hamida Begum, refused to perform Janaza for any other sex worker as he faced huge criticism from a group of conservatives in the village .