Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday reminisced about her son Sajeeb Wazed Joy’s birth amid the adverse situation during the War of Liberation in 1971.
Expressing her grief for her failure to meet her son on his birthday amid the corona surge, she said the day (July 27) was a special day for her as her only son Joy was born this day in 1971 in Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
Recalling the pregnancy period, Sheikh Hasina said she used to cut nails of her father and mother regularly.
A special commemorative postage stamp has been published, marking the 50th birth anniversary of Sajeeb Wazed Joy.
“My father was resting at noon after hoisting the flag that day (March 23) too. When I was taking a mug of water and started cutting his nail, he was telling me, cut it well, I don't know whether you will get this opportunity again or not. But you will have a son. And that boy will be born in the independent Bangladesh. Name the boy Joy,” she said.
“They had arrested my father from the house but he (Bangabandhu) proclaimed independence of the country in the early hours of March 26,” she said.
“Just before the attack, I, my sister Rehana and a cousin have been asked to leave the house immediately. My father sent us forcibly. Prior to the attack my brother Sheikh Kamal left the house to put barricade but Jamal and Russell stayed with my mother. Later, the army attacked our house and arrested my father,” she said.
Mentioning that Pakistani Army had arrested Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa along with all the members just after few days of arresting Bangabandhu, Sheikh Hasina said they confined us in an abandoned house at Road 18.
“They allowed me to hospital for my childbirth but they did not allow my mother to accompany me. Joy was born in Dhaka Medical College Hospital,” she said.