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 NEW REPUBLIC IS BORN

Awrup for AlalODulal.org Unbeknownst to many, a new republic was born; it quietly crept up on the citizens of the old republic, while they were applauding and lauding themselves, for bringing to power through their franchise demagogues who promised them a rose garden of development. This new republic is called Banistan. Continue reading

Little Jihad left a few questions for Bangladesh!

Four year old Ziad who died having fallen into a narrow disused well by WASA.

Four year old Jihad who died having fallen into a narrow disused well by WASA.

Jihad showed that, this country takes 23 hours to rescue a 4 year old child. That it takes six hours for this country to turn on a [rescue] camera. That the fire service gets to the disaster site an hour and a half late. That the State Minister of this country misleads the people of the country, and meddles in the rescue operation of the fire service.

ছোট্ট জিয়াদ গোটা বাংলাদেশের কাছে অনেকগুলো প্রশ্ন রেখে গেল!

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Nothing’s Sacred Anymore – Ghulam Azam’s Funeral

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Copyright: Awrup Sanyal

“Barring people’s sincere, spontaneous participation –their right to which is unquestionable – the overblown Janaza event serves no real purpose other than being a spectacle. It serves itself. It does not reflect upon the Dead’s soul or their lives – but upon a desperate clutch at straws by an organized political force that is drowning; it sheds light upon a scheming, listless, heartless, mindless rush to maximize – even during mourning periods and at the cost of anyone around – brand equity and relevance in National Politics.”

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Part 1: On Civil Society

Evaluation of civil-society – and some debate

The image of "civil society" in Bangladesh - Copyright: Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD)

The image of “civil society” in Bangladesh – Copyright: Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD)

By Debapriya Bhattacharya
(as read in a speech in the Faculty of History, University of Dhaka); translated from Prothomalo for AlalOdulal by Irfan Chowdhury
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