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BNP: Spate of rape dragging the nation’s dignity through mud

  • Published at 06:49 pm October 8th, 2020
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir
File photo: BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir speaks at the Jatiya Oikya Front rally in Sylhet, on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 Dhaka Tribune

The BNP leader warned that people will surely wake up and ensure the fall of the current autocratic regime as they did in the past

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has said that some men belonging to the ruling party are badly tarnishing the country’s image in the international arena by indulging in rape and violence against women.

“The United Nations (UN) secretary general has issued a statement expressing his deep concern over the increase in the rate of rape and violence against women in Bangladesh. This is a rare instance,” he said.

Speaking at a sit-in program on Thursday, he said: “This statement has leveled the dignity of people of Bangladesh with mud and badly dented the country’s image. Ruling party men are not only repressing women and raping them, but also raping the entire nation. The statement (from the UN) is evidence of that.”

Nari O Shishu Odhikar Forum, a platform of BNP, arranged the program in front of the Jatiya Press Club, protesting the rise in rape and sexual violence against women and children.

Referring to Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader’s comment that they cannot avoid the responsibility for the incidents of sexual harassment, Fakhrul said the government has admitted its failure.

“How’ll you avoid your responsibility since people have no connection with the government you’ve formed? You’ve usurped power with guns and snatched people’s rights by indulging in vote robbery at night. You’re a government without a mandate and morality. You’ve no right to stay in power,” he said.

The BNP leader warned that people will surely wake up and ensure the fall of the current autocratic regime as they did in the past.

He called upon the country’s women to come forward and put up a strong resistance against the repression and injustice against them. “We can no longer stay idle at homes as we must protest against this injustice. Especially, I urge young people to wake up.”

Fakhrul said a vice president of a bank on Wednesday said he was sacked for not giving in to an immoral proposal. “What kind of society have they created? They will surely be put on the dock of people for creating such a spoiled society and for snatching people’s rights.”

He urged the government to try to understand the writing on the wall and the sentiment of people who want a free and independent Bangladesh.

“We want to clearly say that you have failed to ensure good governance and the safety of women. A pandemic like Covid-19 has spread to every house thanks to your extreme indifference,” the BNP leader alleged.

He called upon the people of all walks of life to get united to protect the existence of the country and remove the current ‘monstrous’ regime. “We would like to urge the government to quit as they have failed to deliver. Or else, people will force them to do so.”

BNP standing committee member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy said now people not only want a coronavirus vaccine, but also a vaccine to eliminate the widespread “theft, plundering, grabbing, false cases, rape” and violence against women and children. “Ousting Sheikh Hasina is that vaccine.”

He urged all, irrespective of their gender, to get united to give ‘this vaccine’ to protect the nation.

Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna said: “Awami League is now a party of robbers, looters and rapists. As people across the country started registering their protest, Awami Chhatra League, Awami Mohila Juba League and Awami Swechchasebak League took to the streets seeking the trial of rapists. They’re absolutely wicked.”

He warned that the ruling party may try to frustrate the movement as they may realize that their “throne is shaking”. “We must continue this movement. If you stop it, you’ll see their appearance changing again. They must go as they’re looters and the promoters of rapists. Public life, assets and dignity are not safe in the hands of this regime,” he added.

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