Meher Afroze Chumki, the newly appointed state minister for women and children affairs, had to pay a heavy price in politics.
Unlike Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Chumki has no place to get justice for the murder of her father Md Mayez Uddin who was an MP in 1970 and 1973 from the same constituency she now represents – Gazipur’s Kaliganj.
Hasina finally got justice as the Supreme Court finished the trial of the killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members.
Chumki’s father Mayez Uddin was killed by Jatiya Party leader Azam Khan on September 24, 1984. Azam, also from Kaliganj, was sentenced to death. But the then president HM Ershad pardoned Azam, calling him a brother at a public rally in Gazipur.
According to the constituency, no court can try a criminal who gets presidential clemency, which means Chumki has no place on earth to seek punishment to Azam Khan.
Freedom fighter Mayez Uddin was the general secretary of the Dhaka district unit of the Awami League. He was also implicated in the historic Agartala conspiracy case.
Azam Khan is currently involved with Jatiya Party (Manju), which Anwar Hossain Manju formed after splitting from Ershad’s Jatiya Party.
Born on November 1, 1959, and a post-graduate in botany from Dhaka University, Chumki was elected an MP from reserved seat 20 (Gazipur-Narsingdi) in 1996; she also served as a member of the parliamentary standing committee on women and children affairs.
In the December 29, 2008 elections, Chumki was elected an MP from Gazipur 5 and became the chairperson of the parliamentary standing committee on women and children affairs. She has two children.