The Bangla New Year is here.
Boishakh invites us to not only celebrate all that is good in our culture, but to turn over a new leaf and right the wrongs of the past year.
Today is a day for us to truly remember the inclusive and multi-religious spirit of Bangladesh, and show respect to all the different languages and cultures that exist within this country.
We will not let narrow-mindedness or communal hatred mar this occasion.
This is also a day for all of us to make sure that our streets are safe for women, and at all hours.
In the past, the festivities of Pohela Boishakh have been marred by incidences of assault on the streets. Most regrettably, despite CCTV footage of 30 men ripping the clothes off a number of women, the culprits have not yet been brought to book.
This year, we need to send a strong message to all those who seek to use Pohela Boishakh celebrations as an excuse for predatory behaviour -- there will be zero tolerance for any kind of sexual harassment or assault.
We hope this year’s Bangla New Year will show us that this is not who we are -- that indeed this is a day for all of us to go out and have a grand time while the authorities ensure that our safety is of the utmost importance.
We wish our readers a wonderful day.