Organisers of Chhayanaut’s Pahela Baishakh celebrations and visitors have observed moments of silence calling for an end to injustice as Bangladesh is celebrating the Bengali New Year.
Chhayanaut President Sanjida Khatun has briefly mentioned the death of madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi, a case that sparked public anger in the run-up to the Pahela Baishakh celebrations.
Nusrat, 18, was attacked in Feni in reprisal against sexual harassment charges against the religious school’s principal, according to bdnews24.com.
She urged people from all strata of society to stand up to injustice. “We should not be silent spectators of oppression and immorality.”
“We should remain steadfast on our resolution to find remedies to injustice in the New Year. Let us celebrate such messages.”