The 20th death anniversary of Shaheed Janani Jahanara Imam, who pioneered the campaign for the trial of 1971 war criminals, will be observed today.
Different organisations will hold programmes on the occasion to recall her contribution to the movement against Pakistani collaborators.
She died of cancer on June 26, 1994, at the age of 65 at a Michigan hospital in the US. She was born on May 3, 1929.
Jahanara Imam remains an eternal source of inspiration for her patriotism, devotion, sacrifice and struggle. She had relentlessly campaigned for the materialisation of the spirit of the War of Independence.
Her son Shafi Imam Rumi fought for independence in 1971 without availing the opportunity to study engineering in the USA and embraced martyrdom.
Jahanara Imam took the initiative to form the Ekatturer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee and led the movement to hold the trials of the 1971 war crimes suspects.
She also took the initiative to constitute a ‘Gono Adalat’ or People’s Court which, on March 26, 1992, held a mock trial of the war criminals in front of the Engineer’s Institute.
The people’s court found Golam Azam guilty of war crimes and deserving of death penalty. Jahanara Imam is also remembered for her book, Ekhatturer Dinguli (The Days of 1971). She has written several other books as well.
To observe the day, Ekatturer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee will organise a discussion and a “Jahanara Imam memorial speech” at the city’s WVA Auditorium in Dhanmondi at 3pm. The committee will also give away a “Jahanara Imam Memorial Medal” to Prof Abul Barkat. The committee will also place floral wreaths on her grave in Mirpur at 8pm.