A Dhaka Court on Saturday sent Jagannath University (JnU) student Tithy Sarkar to jail in a case filed under the Digital Security Act with Paltan Police Station over making ‘derogatory’ comments about religion on Facebook.
Metropolitan Magistrate Shahidul Islam passed the order after Criminal Investigation Department (CID) produced her before the court on completion of one-day remand in the case.
On Wednesday, CID officials arrested Tithy in Madhabdi area of Narsingdi and Shiplu in Kaptan Bazar area in the capital in connection with the case. CID officials said Tithy Sarker faked her own abduction to divert attention from the allegations that she had hurt religious sentiment.
After leaving her Pallabi home on October 25, Tithy contacted her boyfriend Shiplu Mallik and went to Bagerhat where they got married. They came back to Dhaka on November 9. Tithy later went to an in-law’s house in Narsingdi.
She went into hiding after they, on November 2, arrested Niranjan Baral on charges of falsely claiming on Facebook that missing JnU student Tithy was ‘rescued from the third floor of the CID office in Malibagh with her hands and legs tied’.
Amid student protest, Tithy was suspended from the JnU on October 26 as well as from her post as the office secretary of Bangladesh Chhatra Odhikar Parishad's JnU unit on October 23.
There was allegation that some screenshots of Tithy Sarker’s Facebook posts and comments that allegedly hurt religious sentiments went viral on social media.