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Hefazat asks PM, CJ to remove ‘idol’ from SC premises

  • Published at 01:32 pm February 14th, 2017
  • Last updated at 03:25 pm February 14th, 2017
Hefazat asks PM, CJ to remove ‘idol’ from SC premises
Hefazat's Dhaka metropolitan unit chief Nur Hossain Quasemi hoped that the government would remove the sculpture immediately. “We will otherwise be forced to launch a mass movement with the people,” he said after submitting the memorandums on Tuesday. Qawmi madrasa-based Hefazat, which eyes Shariah Law in the country, and several other radical Islamist groups including Awami Olama League and Islami Andolon Bangladesh have been campaigning against the sculpture of Lady Justice, depicting Greek Goddess Themis, terming it an “idol” and anti-Islamic.
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On February 2, Maulana Mohammad Abul Hassan Sheikh Shariatpuri, general secretary of a faction of Olama League, submitted a written complaint to the SC registrar office demanding removal of the sculpture. Hefazat Secretary General Junaid Babunagari said last week that sculptures can be installed but should represent the history, culture and traditions of a Muslim-majority country. “We are not against the installation of sculptures like the Qur’an, paddy, jute or Mecca and Madina,” he said. Babunagari also said that erecting the Lady Justice “idol” violates sections 2(A) and 23 of the Constitution.
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“The demands brought up by the Islamist parties are irrational and baseless. There is no way to think that the sculpture will be removed if anyone demands so,” Attorney General Mahbubey Alam told the Dhaka Tribune recently.