Different leftist organisations, students and teachers held a rally at the Shahbagh crossing in the capital to press home their nine-point demand, including an exemplary punishment of those involved in rape and violence against women.
The protesters also demanded the resignation of home minister Asaduzzaman Khan for his failure to contain the increased number of rape and sexual violence against women.
Jahangirnagar University economics professor Anu Muhammad, Dhaka University economics professor MM Akash, DU sociology department associate professor Samina Lutfa, lawyer Jyotirmoy Barua, Bangladesh Nari Mukti Kendra president Seema Dutta attended the rally held under the banner of ‘Bangladesh Against Rape and Impunity.’
Bangladesh Students Union president Foez Ullah conducted the rally, which was also attended by Bangladesh Student Federation central president Golam Mostofa, Pritilata Brigade leader Asmani Asha, Samajtantrik Chhatra Front Dhaka University unit president Salman Siddique, Samajtantrik Chhatra Front general secretary Nasir Uddin among others.
Terming rape as not an isolated issue, Professor Anu Mohammad said that the rapists are close to powerful people one or other way.
‘The real reason for rape is not the house or clothes. The real reason is the power of the rapists,’ he said.
Nari Mukti Kendra president Seema Dutta said that the government was not speaking out against rape and oppression in the same way it protested against the recent Al Jazeera report.
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