Govt asked to stop arrest, harassment of female protesters

Staff Correspondent | Updated at 01:59am on August 19, 2018

Twenty women professionals on Saturday demanded an immediate end to the arrest and harassment of female protesters for quota reform and road safety and immediate release of all arrested campaigners.
Women rights activists, physician, teacher, filmmakers and others in a statement said that they were deeply concerned that arrests of women participating in the protests were taking place and they were being remanded in police custody.
Female students are being arrested for their writing on Facebook or during protests and they are being remanded in police custody. It is proved that police mistakenly arrested them but they were kept detained in other cases, said the statement.
Even in some cases arrested women were not allowed to legal assistances violating human rights, the statement alleged.
It also demanded release of all arrested protesters and an end to arrest, harassment and oppression of anyone without any definite evidence.
Human rights activists Shireen Huq, Farida Akter, Alena Khan Sayda Akter, social workers Shirin Azizi, Rubina Rahman, physician professor Naila Zaman Khan, teacher Ferdous Akter, filmmaker Tasmiah Afreen, singer Anusheh Anadil and others issued the statement.
Bangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council has been staging protests since April for reduction of quota in the government jobs. Students, mostly of schools and colleges, carried out protests for road safety and justice of killing of two fellows in road accident in Dhaka in between July 29 and August 6.
Al least eight quota reform protesters were arrested since April 29.
At least 100 people, mostly students, were arrested in at least 52 cases filed between July 29 and August 15 over the violence during the latest student protests for road safety triggered by attacks on the protesters reportedly by ruling Awami League’s front body activists and police.