Rape is inevitable if not punished

WE will not mind if Oscar-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski is tried per the same law that applies to anyone who commits such a crime, because letting this kind of crime go unpunished is not only a miscarriage of justice but also a slap to humanity. Polanski, 76, who drugged and raped a 13-year-old girl in […]

By |October 20th, 2009|Bangladesh, Human Rights, Mukto-Mona, Politics, Society, Women|0 Comments

What they love so well

‘LOOK, Abbu, people’ve already moved in!’ The surprise in Erfan’s voice made Firoze look up from his newspaper to the newly erected building that stood beyond his veranda. It was almost noon on a cool pre-autumn day as Firoze sat in the only place in their apartment from where a sliver of sky could […]

By |September 16th, 2009|Literature, Society, Women|0 Comments

How to cure the honour killings ‘cancer’

“There is no denying that Islam, in its contemporary expression, is obsessed with women’s sexuality, and considers it a fundamental problem. The hijab, the niqab, the burka and polygamy are all manifestations of this phobia.”

Almost as soon as news broke that the murders of three Afghan-Canadian teenage sisters and their father’s first wife in Kingston, […]

By |July 27th, 2009|Human Rights, Religion, Society, Women|4 Comments

Claiming Our Ground

Claiming Our Ground

Shabnam Nadiya

SIXTEEN, waist-length hair in a thick braid, still uncertain of my way solo in Dhaka, climbing into a rickshaw. I nearly get jerked onto the street as two young boys pull me by my hair and cycle off. It was fun. For them, I mean. Me? I looked at the people smirking […]

By |April 10th, 2009|Bangladesh, Culture, Society, Women|3 Comments
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