Female MPs protest attack on Rumana Manzur

Female parliament members have observed a human chain programme on Wednesday noon in front of the LabAid Specialised Hospital in the city to protest the brutal assault on Dhaka University teacher Rumana Monzur, who lost her eyes to a brutal attack by her husband.

Agriculture minister Matia Chowdhury protested repression on Rumana on behalf of the government and assured exemplary punishment to Rumana’s husband Hassan Syed.

“This is for the first time parliament has allowed a censure motion over any social issue,” parliament whip Shagufta Yasmin Emily said in the programme. She also said said implementation of women’s policy was essential to prevent violence on women

Parliamentarian Tarana Halim termed the programme ‘a new era’ in the political culture of Bangladesh. “The movement is not in favour of any political issue…we have started it as part of a social campaign,” Quoting prime minister Sheikh Hasina, Halim said, “The government will be by oppressed women, regardless of which party they belong to.”

Rumana’s father and mother, present in the programme, thanked the government for standing by Rumana and demanded immediate trial of Syed.

The participating parliamentarians visited Rumana after the programme.

Parliamentarian Fazle Noor Tapas also participated in the programme.

On June 5, Rumana was severely tortured by Hassan Syed, who after being arrested on June 15 claimed that a scuffle took place that day as he protested her alleged relationship with another man.

A case was filed by the victim’s father on the following day.

Hassan is currently being quizzed by detectives.

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