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News Analysis: Unacceptable invasion of privacy

  • Published at 07:09 pm November 6th, 2019
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Mithila Collected

An accomplished development practitioner in her own right, Rafiath Rashid has been making headlines for completely different reasons, and has been making the rounds on social media platforms for absolutely ludicrous reasons of late

The head of Brac International’s early childhood development is a single mother. She has two bachelor degrees — one in political science and another in secondary education. She has two masters — one in political science and another in early childhood development. She is also well known as a model, singer, actor, lyricist and radio anchor. She has a diploma in curriculum development, has had formal training in classical dance and has written two children’s books. She has taught at North South University and Brac University. Perhaps her versatility would be better illustrated with a little more detail. While this high achieving woman was acing her masters at Brac, she was raising toddler at home and was promoted at her day job at Brac International’s education programme.

An accomplished development practitioner in her own right, Rafiath Rashid has been making headlines for completely different reasons, and has been making the rounds on social media platforms for absolutely ludicrous reasons of late. A couple of photos of Mithila and a friend and doctored bits of video clips went viral when, according to Mithila’s email, her friend’s Facebook ID was hacked. Further, these have been irresponsibly shared and spread by even news outlets and social media groups. There are also defamatory memes of Mithila making their rounds on different Facebook groups, which is by far the most prevalent social media in Bangladesh. All this without the slightest intervention from the authorities, despite the strict cyber laws, presumably formulated to counter exactly this kind of cyberhooliganism.

That a development professional of 11 years, mother to a six-year-old daughter is being maligned is also quite obvious. That private moments of two consenting individuals have been compromised with malicious intent is also evident. That individuals and media outlets that have leaked those photos and shared them should be investigated and punished is imperative.

Strong as she is, hopefully the Brac executive will continue to lead her life unfazed and without caring what the idiots say about her lifestyle whether the leakers and sharers are punished or not. It would, however, behove the cyber-authorities to initiate stern action if only to drive it home that invasion of privacy and cyberhooliganism is unacceptable.

Just like any other individual Rafiath Rashid has every right to make her choices and lead her life as she sees fit as long as she does not commit a crime, which she has not by any means. It is nobody’s business who she befriends, who she goes out with, who she marries, what she eats for breakfast or how she wears her hair.

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