An open Letter to the “major” who threatened to annihilate us, the indigenous peoples of Bangladesh

Screen shot of Facebook post by "Major" Rezaur Rahman who threatened "annihilate" the indigenous people of the Chittagong Hill Tracts.

Screen shot of Facebook post by “Major” Rezaur Rahman who threatened “annihilate” the indigenous people of the Chittagong Hill Tracts.

by Muktasree Chakma Sathi

Dear “Major” Rezaur Rahman,

Greetings from a person who belongs to the indigenous peoples of Bangladesh who you like to refer to with the derogatory terms “Upajati and Khappa”! First of all, let me clarify that along with my identity as an indigenous person I am a Bangladeshi as well. I am not yet sure whether you are in fact an army officer or not but your FB profile says you are. Continue reading

Consensual Rape?

By Nasrin Siraj for Thotkata, translated by Alal O Dulal

On 25 November 2015 the court sentenced Parimal Joydhar, a teacher of Viqarunnisa Noon School, for raping a girl in Year 10.

The incident happened in 2010. The situation in our country is so bad that the school-authority had tried to protect the criminal in many ways than to take the matter – of this horrific sexual abuse – to the law. The school-authority even expressed its concerns that ‘the attitudes and dresses of girls are inviting’.

Photo source: thotkata.net

Photo source: thotkata.net; 2011 students protest at the Shahid Minar demanding a trial of Parimal

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A few dos and don’ts in the movement against sexual assault

Copyright: Awrup Sanyal

Copyright: Awrup Sanyal

By Nadine Shaanta Murshid 

UNPRECEDENTED levels of outrage and activism surround the Pahela Baishakh sexual assault; we have finally reached critical mass: people are out on the streets and those who are not, are on social media fighting many a battle with individuals who still resort to victim blaming and slut shaming. These are oft-used tactics to further subjugate women and take agency away from people who fight for the rights of women subject to sexual assault and rape. That the synchronised bomb-attack style sexual assault on multiple women have enraged so many people comes as a surprise in a nation where topics of sex and sexual assault have remained taboo, despite extremely high rates of sexual violence against women. This is a welcome change. So while we are at it, here are a few things we should add on to the list:

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