Women from different professions, including members of civil society and a large number of female journalists, formed a human chain in the capital to express solidarity with the #MeToo movement on Friday.
The human chain was formed in front of the Jatiya Press Club under the banner of ‘Solidarity with #MeToo’ and was arranged by Shachetan Nagorik Shomaj.
Speakers at the human chain urged the government to execute the verdict given by the High Court on sexual harassment.
They also demanded investigation into each complaint surfacing with the #MeToo tag in Bangladesh and exemplary punishment of the culprits.
Expressing solidarity with the women who had recently shared their bitter experience of sexual harassment on social media, the Bangladesh Nari Sangbadik Kendra president Nasimun Ara Haq Minu said their movement was not against male bodies of the society but against sexual offenders.
Resonating the HC’s verdict, speakers mentioned women should be shown their due respect in every aspect of the society.
Television channel Bangla Vision’s news editor Sharmin Rinvi appreciated women of the country for being vocal on social media about the harassments they had faced.
‘It is by no means just a feminist movement. We want to unmask the harassers collectively,’ she said.
Senior vice-president of the Bangladesh Online Journalists Forum Rosy Ferdousi urged the government to ensure exemplary punishment for perverts who had been unmasked through the movement.
‘We want to take this movement forward,’ she added.
Nadira Dilruba, a journalist working with magazine Oporadh Bichitra, shared about the harassments she had faced in her life and claimed that these incidents spoke for almost all classes of women in Bangladesh.
Mushfiqa Laizu said she was thankful that the social media had become a platform where she could share her experiences. She said, ‘Women are not tools of pleasure.’
News portal Bangla Tribune’s chief reporter Udisa Islam urged media houses and other organisations to investigate every accusation that had surfaced so far.
According to speakers, so far nine women and one man had spoken about harassments they had faced via #MeToo on social media where publishers, professors, businessmen and journalists were accused of sexual misconduct.
Among others present at the human chain, the Dhaka Reporters’ Unity secretary Shukkur Ali Shuvo and Ganojagaran Mancha organiser SM Shaheen spoke on the occasion.
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