Protests seeking justice to murder of madrassah girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi intensified in Dhaka and elsewhere in Bangladesh on Saturday as the police arrested two more accused in the case for setting her on fire that caused death.
Political, socio-cultural, rights and students’ organisations staged demonstrations by forming human chains, holding rallies, bringing out processions and road marches demanded maximum punishments to the perpetrators.
Communist Party of Bangladesh formed a one-hour human chain from Bangabhaban to Ganabhaban, official residences of the country’s president and prime minister, where party president Mujahidul Islam Selim called on the government to ensure equal rights of men and women according to the spirits of Bangladesh’s war of independence in 1971.
He called on the political parties and socio-cultural organisations to observe women and children rights protection week, form April 20 to 27, across the country.
Taking part in the human chain at Motijheel area Selim said that they would continue the demonstrations until the accused of the Nusrat murder get exemplary punishments.
He also demanded punishment of killers of Sagar-Runi, Tauki, Tanu, and Afsana immediately.
Leaders and activists of the Bangladesh Trade Union Centre, Garment Workers’ Trade Union Centre, Bangladesh Hawkers’ Union, Krishok Samiti, Khetmajur Samiti, Chhatra Union, Udichi Shilpi Gosthi, Women Cell of CPB, Juba Union, Jatiya Mukti Council and others socio cultural organisations formed human chain in front of National Press Club, Shahbagh, Kalabagan and Asad Gate area.
CPB general secretary Mohammad Shah alam, central leaders Sazzad Zahir Chandan, Laxmy Chakrabarty, Mahbubul Alam, Ruhin Hossain Prince, Abdullahil Kafee Ratan, Sajedul Haque Rubel, labour leaders Shahidullah Chowdhury, Wajed-ul Islam Khan, Mantu Ghosh, Jolly Talukder, human right activists Sultana Kamal, Syed Abul Maksud, Khushi Kabir, Shamsul Huda, Ranjan Karmaker and others took part at the human chain.
Workers Party of Bangladesh president Rashed Khan Menon also called on political parties and socio cultural organisations to be united to resist the repressions on women and children.
He made the call while exchanging views with the leaders of party’s front organisations at its central office at Topkhana Road on Saturday.
Oikya NAP and Sammilita Samajik Andolan held separate protest rallies in front of the National Museum, at Shahbagh demanding justice for the Nusrat killing.
Everywhere, people agreed on the common demand — they wanted highest punishment prescribed in the law for the people responsible for Nusrat’s death.
The protesters urged the government to ensure safety and security for women in all educational institutions and offices, on roads and in public spaces as per the 2009 High Court directives and to form anti-sexual harassment committees in all educational institutions.
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