Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said the statue of Lady Justice in front of the Supreme Court should be put in a different spot inside the court premises to be kept out of view of those taking part in prayers at the Eidgah.
She also asked why the statue was clad in a sari, a cabinet member told the reporters after Monday’s cabinet meeting.
Quoting the prime minister, the cabinet member said: “The statue of Lady Justice will be moved to another spot inside the Supreme Court premises so that it is not in sight of those praying at the Eidgah.”
Earlier at a meeting with the leaders of Hefazat-e-Islam, the prime minister said of the statue: "I do not like it myself. It´s being called a Greek statue, but how did a Greek statue get here?"
Hefazat-e-Islam has been demanding removal of the statue, dubbing it an “idol” and anti-Islamic.
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Court officials say the statue Greek goddess Themis represents fairness, law and custom across the world. The statue was installed on the Supreme Court premises last December.
Hefazat had earlier declared it would take to the streets against the government if the latter did not concede to its demand to remove the statue since it is close to the Eidgah – where prayers are offered on two Eids, the biggest Muslim festival.
A group of religious scholars, including those from Hefazat, raised the demand when meeting Hasina at the Ganabhaban on December 11.
Hefazat chief Shafi had claimed that “ideological aggression” was going on against Islam and Bangladesh's Muslims “in the name of secularism”.
Islami Andolon Bangladesh chief Mufti Rezaul Karim, better known as Charmonai Pir, had warned that a “river of blood” would flow if the sculpture was not removed.
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