A modern computer facility with a photo archive in memory of Abinta Kabir, a victim of last year's Gulshan café attack, was inaugurated in the library of fine arts faculty at Dhaka University yesterday.
DU Vice Chancellor AAMS Arefin Siddique inaugurated the “Abinta Cyber Centre and Archive” that is to be used by students and members of the arts faculty.
Abinta Kabir Foundation provided assistance for setting up the facility.
During the inaugural programme, DU VC said, “Though living in the US, Abinta dreamt of and was working for the underprivileged people of Bangladesh... Let us join together to uproot militancy and terrorism.”
Abinta's grandmother and chairperson of Abinta Gallery of Fine Arts, Nilu Rowshan Murshed, said, “We have taken this step to uphold the memory of Abinta through assisting the students and members of fine arts faculty.”
With tears running down her cheeks, Abinta's mother Ruba Ahmed thanked the DU authorities for upholding the memory of her only child. “My daughter dreamt of a Bangladesh free of poverty. And so she wanted to start an NGO here.”
Fine arts faculty dean Prof Nisar Hossain, teachers and students of the faculty and Abinta's family members were present at the programme.
On the night of July 1 last year, Abinta and her two friends -- Faraaz Ayaaz Hossain of Emory and Indian national Tarishi Jain, a student of the University of California, Berkeley -- were killed along with 19 other hostages in a militant attack at Holey Artisan Bakery in Gulshan.