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12:00 AM, August 28, 2007 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, August 28, 2007

Remembering Yeasmin

Kormojibi Nari observes National Day of Resistance of Violence Against Women

Artists Jamal Ahmed and Safeen seen at work

Observing Yeasmin Day as the National Day of Resistance of Violence Against Women, Kormojibi Nari held a programme on August 26 at Gallery Chitrak in Dhaka.
Speaking on the occasion Iftikhar Ahmed Chowdhury, advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that the murder of Yeasmin was a tragedy for the whole nation, which should never be repeated again.
Sultana Kamal, human rights activist, said that one still notices that men feel superior even though women go out to work and earn wages apart from running the home. She too condemned Yeasmin's torture by the police.
Renowned artist Shahabuddin said that women have been the muses to artists, writers and poets throughout the ages. He said that when had read the news on Yeasmin, sitting in Paris, he felt like his own kinfolk were being assaulted. He said that in his own paintings women are depicted as helpless as that was his impression of Bengali women in the '71 War of Liberation. He believes that there can be no progress in the country unless women move forward alongside men.
Muniruzzman, the director of Chitrak, said that numerous artists like Fareha Zeba, Ahmed Nazir, Atiya Islam, Alokesh Ghosh and Jamal Ahmed were painting on canvas with acrylic to mark the day, keeping Yeasmin in mind.
Fareha Zeba had a blanched face of the victim Yeasmin in the centre of her canvas. All around are the cruel hands of the evil men who had abused her. A big cross of scotch tape covers her face as she could not protest in any way. Her fearful face, immediately before the incident that night and the twisted visage after the tragedy are included in the composition.
Ahmed Nazir's work features a whole collection of eyes full of disgust and surprise. The artist says that anger and regret are reflected most in the eyes. The expression in the eyes, done in black and red reflect the feelings of the average people of Bangladesh who remember the incident. This brings in the reaction of both men and women.
Atiya Islam brings in skulls, dripping blood, cut necks etc that has Yeasmine as a symbol of the injustices done in our country from time to time. The painting includes a dead foetus, which has been added to enhance the impact of the tragedy. A cockroach has been put there too, to heighten the sense of disgust.
Md. Zahir represents Yeasmin's innocence through a white flower on the canvas, which is surrounding by grey and black that stand for impending evil. Jamal Ahmed has a similar pristine image of a girl with a bird in her hand that symbolises Yeasmin's simplicity.
Similarly, other artists, present at the event, delineated the theme with impact.
The programme which began with Jharna Sharkar's recitation of Droupadir Jonmo was rounded off with Baul songs.

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