Priyabhashini was mouthpiece of '71 tortured women: Shahriar Kabir

Shahriar Kabir, president of Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee, expressing his reaction following the death of Ferdousi Priyabhashini, eminent sculptor and freedom fighter on March 6, 2018. Photo: Tuhin Shubhra Adhikary

Ferdousi Priyabhashini was the mouthpiece of all women who were tortured during the country’s Liberation War in 1971, Shahriar Kabir, president of Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee, said after her death today.

“She worked not only for the compensation to the tortured women but also worked for building a national consensus to try the war criminals,” he said while talking to the reporters at the Labaid Hospital where sculptor and freedom fighter Priyabhashini died of cardiac arrest this afternoon.

Her contribution over acknowledging Biranganas as freedom fighters by the government is unique, Shahriar said.

Read: Freedom fighter Ferdousi Priyabhashini passes away

He added, “The female freedom fighter in 1999 at a programme first said in public that she was tortured by the Pakistani soldiers in 1971. Following her account, other '71 tortured women were encouraged to tell their stories”. 

Human rights activist Khushi Kabir is talking to the reporters at Labaid Hospital in Dhaka where freedom fighter Ferdousi Priyabhashini died on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. Photo: Tuhin Shubhra Adhikary

“She moved throughout the country to build up the national consensus for the war crimes trial and also tried to get support for it from the international arena,” he added.

Ferdousi Priyabhashini. Photo courtesy: Facebook/ Rakibul Haq Emil

“Her death creates a vacuum in the society and none can fulfill it in future,” Shahriar said adding that she was a role-model as a human being, a sculptor, a woman and a brave soul.

“Priyabhashini is a source of inspiration for all as she led her life through a valiant way amid various obstacles. Her courageous life is also an inspiration for the new generation and women.”

“Her sculptures tell us her pain she suffered during the 1971 independence war. Through her works, she gave a message to us why the war crimes trial is necessary for the nation.” 

Human rights activist Khushi Kabir, who was present at the hospital, said, “Priyabhashini was a very brave woman. We have a lot to learn from her entire life. None can fulfill the vacuum that has been created following her death.” 


৪ ঘণ্টা আগে|শিক্ষা

‘চলমান মেগা প্রকল্পগুলো শেষ হলে, শিক্ষাখাতে মেগাপ্রকল্প শুরু করা যাবে’

শিক্ষামন্ত্রী দীপু মনি বলেছেন, 'আমাদের যে মেগা প্রকল্পগুলো চলছে, সেগুলোর কাজ শেষ হলে আমি বিশ্বাস করি শিক্ষাখাতে মেগা প্রকল্পের কাজ শুরু করা যাবে। শিক্ষাই হবে আমাদের মেগাপ্রজেক্ট।'