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Imam’s humiliation by UP chairman sparks criticism on social media

  • Published at 12:52 pm June 4th, 2020
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Video footage of the incident went viral on Facebook, causing outrage on the social media platform

An imam of a local mosque in Mehendiganj upazila of Barishal district has been humiliated by having a garland of shoes put around his neck, causing a wave of criticism on social media.

The incident occurred at Darirchar Khazuria Dakhil Madrasha in the presence of Mostafa Rati, chairman of Darirchar Khajuria union parishad, UP member Shafi Dewan, and other influential people of the area on Wednesday, reports UNB.

Video footage of the incident went viral on Facebook shortly afterwards, causing outrage on the social media platform.

According to sources, Shahidul Islam alias Alauddin, an imam of a local mosque and a clerk of Khajuria Dakhil Madrasha, allegedly embezzled the scholarship money of students amounting to Tk4,800. He was also accused of misappropriating insurance worth Tk20 lakh.

The UP chairman and some members put a garland of shoes around his neck after tying up his hands and took his photos in the name of punishment. 

Abidur Rahman, officer in-charge of Mehendiganj Police Station, said they did not receive any complaint regarding the incident. However, after seeing the viral video footage, a team of police was sent to the spot to arrest those involved.

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