4 March 2020, Wed, 10:24

20 women arrested from Quran tutorial class, students from residential messes; Secretary General condemns

Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami’s Secretary General and former lawmaker Professor Mia Golam Porwar has issued the following statement on 4 March 2020 protesting and condemning the unjustifiable arrest of 20 women from a Quran tutorial class in Kushtia and another similar arrest of 6 students from Kurigram district.

“A Quran tutorial class was taken place in a house of Kushtia district town. Police have arrested 20 women from that tutorial class. In another incident, police arrested 6 students from a residential dorm in Kurigram district. The policemen also vandalized their furniture and seized their books. The obligation and duty of the law enforcers is to protect lives and properties of the citizens. But instead of doing so, police are arresting women from Quran tutorial class and students from their dorms. By doing these activities, police have violated the religious and basic rights of the people.

When the nation is going through severe moral degradation and decadence and simultaneously when the ruling party leaders and activists are getting involved with anti-social and immoral activities, at that time, police is arresting women from religious discussion and Quran tutorial classes. Actually, the government has engaged its apparatus to root out honesty and also to establish dishonesties at all levels.

All the detained women are pious ladies with religious attires. They are lawful citizens. But it becomes a bad habit of the government to arrest people from Quran learning class and other religious programs and subsequently to implicate them with false and ill-motivated cases.

I am urging the concerned authority to release all the detained women and students who have been arrested from Kushtia and Kurigram immediately.