JU students lead anti-rape procession

Candle-lit vigil

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Publish: 8:22 PM, October 7, 2020 | Update: 8:22:PM, October 7, 2020

Shahadat Sumon, JU correspondent:  The teachers and students of Jahangirnagar University (JU) on Wednesday staged a protest march on the university campus demanding the immediate trial of the recent rape incidents across the country.

Over 50 teachers and students brought out a procession from the university`s central shaheed minar premises which terminated alongside the Dhaka-Aricha highway near the university`s main gate area with a short rally. They chant anti-rape slogan during the march and holds placards deamanding exemplenary punishment to the rapist.

Addressing the rally, Prof. Fazlul Karim Howlader of Institute of Information Technology (IIT) said, “I was forced to come to this protest rally today due to my liability as a man. I have female members in my house. If we don’t protest against this cruel incident today, these cannibals will target every single house. The state system of justice needs to be strengthened, otherwise it will not be possible to ensure the safety of women.”

“Recently poor people are being forced to endure such oppression for not being able to pay. Therefore, the politics of oppression and impunity is gaining its peak in our society. This scenario should eradicate without further deleay.” he added.

A master’s student of of Chemistry department, Shoriful Islam said, “The rape incidents that is going on across the country has to be stopped right now. We appeal to the government to amend the existing law on rape and to modify the law relating to rape. Besides, the rapist should bring under speedy justice.”

Later, at evening Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), Ruling party student wing of JU unit, organized a candle-light vigil program protesting the rape incidents in Noakhali and elsewhere.

Earlier, on Tuesday a faction of students of JU under the academic session 2016-17 gathered at the university`s main gate area for a candle-light vigil protesting the recent rape incidents across the country.