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Don’t use the word raped, says Hefazat

  • Published at 04:38 pm May 20th, 2017
  • Last updated at 04:41 pm May 20th, 2017
Don’t use the word raped, says Hefazat
Hefazat-e-Islam, the radical Islamist group, on Saturday urged media not to use the word “raped” to describe a raped woman and instead call them “victim” or “tortured”. Reacting to the recent incident of the rape of two university students at Hotel Raintree in the capital, the radical organisation’s secretary general Allama Junayed Babunagri and organising secretary Azizul Haque Islamabadi jointly issued the statement. Signed by Mowlana Azizul Haque Islamabadi, the press statement said they demanded exemplary punishment of the accused in the Banani rape case and urged the government to ensure justice for the two raped university girls while the leaders also expressed their sympathy with, and condolence to the victims. In the statement, they also urged the journalists and media not to use the word “raped” to describe the victim and instead call them “victim” or “tortured”. The Hefazat leader also said rapists must be punished, while it will be an injustice to a woman if she is termed as “raped”. Both the words “rapist” and “raped” carry a negative connation in society and the leaders opposed the use of “raped” in a bid to protect the “woman’s future and honour”, said the statement. The statement further added that the heinous incident of rape in a posh area like Gulshan and Banani is a symptom of the moral degradation of society. Rape, torture and repression of woman has been increasing day by day due to the culture of impunity in the country. The two leaders also asked the male youth to keep their gaze lowered and to fear the Almighty, while they asked the woman to stop “free-mixing” and to wear hijab while staying outside. The Hefazat leaders said this will help woman to stay safe and secure. The Hefazat leader also said rape, homosexual relations and unlawful sexual relations have increased, which indicates that the observance of Quran and Sunna is falling.
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