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Apr 20

NHRC Chairman Mizanur claims “fanatics” behind sexual assaults; vile narrative to hide real sex offenders

In a not so shocking and thinly veiled comment, NHRC chairman Mizanur Rahman claimed that fanatic quarters were involved in the sexual assaults on women during Pahela Boisakh celebrations at various places in the country, including Dhaka University campus.

The statement, though rhetorically appealing to a few and unpalatable to the bulk of us, is important because though the world watched with shock at how Chhatra League cadres were involved in the vile acts and how police released the offenders even after they were handed over to the police by the general people, the fact is that a narrative is being built up here. And the all important narrator, Dr. Mizan, is Chairman to the National Human Rights Commission.

News:

The National Human Rights Commission on Monday demanded that all those involved in sexual assaults on women during Pahela Baishakh celebrations at Dhaka University campus be brought to justice immediately.

‘The Commission clearly states that the offenders, whoever they are, must be identified and be brought to justice. No delay is tolerable in this regard,’ NHRC chairman Mizanur Rahman said in press briefing at his office this morning, reports United News of Bangladesh.

Criticising the role of the law enforcers, he said police were callous during the incidents of sex abuses.

Quoting various sources, Mizanur Rahman said, ‘Some students handed over two suspects to police, but they managed to escape due to police nonchalance. This is frustrating …this is simply negligence in duty.’

He said fanaticism and patriarchal systems were behind such assaults on women, and that some political forces want to take various advantages though misinterpretation of religions.

‘The forces can’t tolerate women’s presence and participation in public gatherings. They constantly remain in fear as women of Bangladesh are now a factor of the country’s advancement.’

He said those forces are trying to take religious cover for such heinous acts and are attempting to label that Pahela Baishakh celebration is contrary to the spirit of Islam.

Mizanur urged the Dhaka University authorities to form an independent probe body to investigate the incidents on the campus and make the probe report public.He said there will not be a solution to such incidents by only suspending the offenders and closing the police personnel, but they must be punished through a trial process. NHRC full-time member Kazi Reazul Hoque and its honorary member Mahfuza Khanom were present at the press briefing.

Conclusion:

This is not the first, nor the last time that puppets like Dr. Mizan show their true colors. What is important that we realize what is at stake here, and that we understand the narrative that is being constructed in front of our eyes. Although all media reported the involvement of Chhatra League cadres in sexual harassment in various places like Jahangirnagar University, Jagannath University and even in the assaults in TSC and Sohrawardy Uddyan (netizens have since identified many of the assaulters in TSC and Sohrawardy to be active Chhatra League cadres) , a full frontal multidimensional approach is at play to divert attention and build a separate narrative. This has been primarily shown to be unfolding in several aspects. The first has been in denial and inaction on part of police, while another has been the highly suspect role played by media outlets like Ekattor TV and the like, who have been making fairly pathetic attempts at linking the assaulters with Islamic fanaticism by disproportionately focusing on video footage identifying “bearded men” suspiciously similar to “Jamaat-Shibir men in appearance”, while being almost completely apathetic and at times silent on the role of the Chhatra League and the police in relation to the events. The third aspect appears to be the using of stereotypical progressives like Dr. Mizanur Rahman of NHRC and Dr. Imran H Sarker of Gonojagoron Moncho to give the assaults an “air of fanaticism”, in the hope of creating public opinion shifting focus away from the real culprits, the Awami League and its administration.

So as we conclude, it would be wise to ask ourselves why things stand as they are. Its simple. The Awami League and its administration need as much diversion as possible, and such incidents provide the administration with comforting diversion; diversion from the extrajudicial killings; diversion from the rampant corruption and the looming economic crisis; diversion from the well orchestrated authoritarian rule currently in effect; diversion from pretty much all the failures that this government has been piling up. After all, the government would not want you to know that Bangladesh is on the verge of becoming a failed state.