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12:00 AM, July 20, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:06 AM, July 20, 2018


Citizenship guarantee is the solution of the Rohingya crisis

This refers to a timely piece, “Return to more of the same”, on the secret memorandum of understanding’ (MoU) signed between UN agencies and the Myanmar government. The repatriation process will not be effective as citizenship has not been ensured from the Myanmar government side.

As freedom of movement within Myanmar, permanent shelter on their own lands, and security of life among other vital human rights are related with the guarantee of citizenship, Rohingya refugee leaders in Cox's Bazar emphasised that without these, the same refugee crisis may occur once more.

Md Zillur Rahaman

Lalmohan, Bhola



Honesty of the youth

The other day I unknowingly lost my cell phone in a busy market. But I came to know of the loss when I got back home and started searching for it. I called the number and surprisingly it was received at once by a young boy. He was the sales boy from whom I bought a jersey of my favourite team. He told me to collect the phone from his shop right then as he was going to close soon for a lunch break.

I was highly impressed by the behaviour of the boy, not just because of the mobile phone recovered but also because of the honesty he had shown. Such behaviour is rare in an age where cellphones are rarely recovered, with the perpetrators changing the SIM card and using it before the crime can be reported. And that could have been easy for anyone, let alone a young boy. It is true that somehow, somewhere honesty still prevails with its full essence, though unusual.

Rifat Munich Eti

Mohammadpur, Dhaka


Learn to respect women

The cover story, "The new weapon of war in digital Bangladesh", caught my attention as it revealed the beastly inhuman nature of men which came out when some women felt free to express their own minds on a particular issue. It was quite painful to read the terrible comments on social media made against women participating in the quota reform movement.

Social media gives us the opportunity to express our minds on different issues. We must be respectful to the views of other people even if our own does not concur with theirs. But if disapproval of others’ views lead to violent comments and otherwise sexually harassing women online, this must be quite shameful for the civilised male population in our digital Bangladesh.

Addressing an unknown woman as a "prostitute" or threatening to rape a woman on social media simply expresses the filthy mindset of people who do not know how to behave in the civilised world. Lack of moral education at early childhood and disrespect for women causes them to react violently which must be causing pain to the women targeted and results in them avoiding expressing their opinions in public. Necessary steps must be taken to secure women from such threats and cyber security must be strengthened to punish people with such mental perversion.

Nafis Sadik

Department of Economics

University of Dhaka

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