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Harassment Of Female Students

Lack of deterrent campaign, impunity responsible

Lack of campaigns for implementing existing laws to prevent violence against women, and the “culture of impunity” enjoyed by perpetrators of such crimes are responsible for incidents of harassment of females at education institutions, said speakers at a views-exchange meeting yesterday.   They mentioned gender-based courses at primary school level to put an end to different forms of violence against women. The programme, titled “We Demand Violence and Harassment Free Campus for Women”, was organised by Bangladesh Mahila Parishad and the...

Declare no more properties as vested: Rights activists

No new list of vested properties or additions to the existing one should be made or published through gazettes, rights activists said yesterday, expressing fears that it would subject more people to harassment for the legal complexities it entails. The call came in the wake of the land ministry's attempt to propose at the November 10 cabinet meeting to amend the list "Ka", which includes vested properties already under the government's possession. Addressing a press conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity, Sultana...

Two Indian sisters thrash 3 eve teasers

Two Indian sisters thrash 3 eve teasers

The video(above) of two sisters thrashing three men who were allegedly harassing them in a bus went viral, leading the police to take prompt action against the accused. Late Sunday night, the three men — identified as Kuldeep, Mohit and Deepak — were arrested. The girls were returning from their Rohtak college to Sonepat in...

Harassed, girl takes her life in Munshiganj

Harassed, girl takes her life in Munshiganj

A nine grader committed suicide following unbearable harassment and humiliation by a young man in Munshiganj Sadar upazila this morning. Daughter of Abdur Rauf of Katakhali village, Sharmin Sultana was a student at AVJM Government Girls’ High School, reports our Munshiganj correspondent. Family sources said Anik Miah, 21, used to harass the girl on her...


City unsafe for women

A recent nationwide survey carried out by ActionAid has unveiled some disturbing facts. Nearly half the respondents are of the opinion that women face harassment in public places and 9 out of 10 women experience one form of sexual harassment or another in crowded places such as public transportation hubs. With most women preferring to avoid making a formal complaint to law enforcement agencies due to cumbersome procedures that are perceived to be stacked against the complainant, the practice...

Eve-teasers kill youth in Dhaka

Eve-teasers kill youth in Dhaka

A youth died early today hours after he was severely beaten and stabbed by miscreants for protesting teasing his sister in Bhashantek area of Dhaka. Md Nasir Hossain, 25, is the son of Abdul Matin Sarder, Mosharraf Sarder, elder brother of the deceased, told The Daily Star. At least eight to nine youths including Mamun,...

Cooked up Story of Joj Mia

Mother seeks justice for son's harassment

The mother of petty criminal Joj Mia, who was falsely implicated in the August 21 grenade attack cases, appeared before a Dhaka court yesterday and sought justice for the harassment of her son. Jobeda Khatun broke down in tears as she gave deposition to Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 for more than one and a half hours. She identified two ex-CID officials in the dock -- Ruhul Amin and Abdur Rashid -- who had cooked up a story and falsely implicated Joj...

Tofail slams US Congressmen

Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed yesterday criticised six US Congressmen who in a recent letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed concern over alleged intimidation and harassment of labour activists in Bangladesh. “Sending such a letter to the Prime Minister is indecent. I hope they [the Congressmen] will not interfere in our internal affairs,” the minister told reporters after a meeting with US Ambassador Dan W Mozena at his secretariat in Dhaka. “Still, I am sending letters in a couple of days...

C&F agents call off strike

The clearing and forwarding agents at Kamalapur Inland Container Depot called off their strike yesterday after the revenue authority promised to accept their logical demands. Activities at the ICD, hit by the strike enforced by a section of C&F agents since June 8, resumed yesterday afternoon, customs officials and C&F agents said. The deadlock ended after the officials of National Board of Revenue sat with the leaders of Dhaka Customs Agents Association (DCAA) and the strikers. At the meeting, the NBR promised...

Stalking victim kills herself

Unable to bear the harassment by a stalker, a 16-year-old girl allegedly committed suicide at Paschim Saradubi village in the district's Hatibandha upazila on Thursday night. The girl, Lata Akhter Nishi, daughter of Sirajul Islam, took her life hanging from the ceiling in her bedroom around 11:30pm. Quoting locals, police said Lata was being stalked by her neighbour Rabiul Islam, son of Jamir Uddin, for the last three months. Lata and her family complained to Rabiul's family about the matter, but...

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