Jahanara Imam’s death anniversary today

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Jahanara Imam

Jahanara Imam

The 20th anniversary of death of Shaheed Janani Jahanara Imam, who pioneered the campaign for the trial of 1971 war criminals, will be observed today.
She relentlessly campaigned for the materialisation of the spirit of the War of Independence.
On June 26, 1994, she died of cancer at the age of 65 in a Michigan hospital in the USA.
She was born on May 3, 1929 in a progressive Muslim family in Murshidabad of West Bengal in India.
Jahanara Imam remains an eternal source of inspiration for her patriotism, devotion, sacrifice and struggle.
Her son Shafi Imam Rumi fought for independence in 1971 without availing the opportunity of studying engineering in the USA, and embraced martyrdom.
On June 21, the International Crimes Tribunal- 2 indicted detained Jamaat secretary general Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed for killing Rumi.
Forgetting the pains she had been suffering as a throat cancer patient for long, Jahanara Imam took the initiative to form ‘Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee’  and led the movement for holding the trial of the 1971 war crimes suspects.
She also took the initiative of constituting a ‘Gono Adalat’ or People’s Court which on March 26, 1992 held a mock trial of the war criminals in front of the Institution of Engineers.
The people’s court found Golam Azam guilty of war crimes, deserving of death penalty.
Jahanara Imam is also remembered through her book ‘Ekhatturer Dinguli’ (The Days in 1971). She wrote several other books.
Many students remember her as a teacher, particularly as the Headmistress of Siddheswari Girls’ High School.
To mark the day, different political and socio-cultural organisations including Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee, Sector Commanders Forum, Socialist Party of Bangladesh, Ganajagaran Mancha, Bangladesh Udichi Shilpi Gosthi, Bangladesh Pragati Lekhak Sangha, Khelaghar, Lalon Charcha Kendra, Bangladesh Chhatra Union, Samajtantrik Chhatra Front, Bangabandhu Sangskritik Jot and Samaj Chinta Forum have chalked out various programmes, including placing wreaths at her grave in Mirpur Shaheed Intellectuals’ Graveyard, milad mahfil, memorial discussion and seminars on her life and work.

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