Digital Security Act

DU teacher Zia sued for ‘hurting’ religious sentiment

Staff Correspondent

26 October, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Two cases have been filed against Md Ziaur Rahman, a professor at the Criminology Department of Dhaka University, under the Digital Security Act for ‘hurting religious sentiment’.

Muhammad Mahbub Alam, editor of monthly Al Bayyinat and daily Al Ihsan, and advocate Md Imrul Hasan filed two separate cases with the Cyber Tribunal (Bangladesh) in Dhaka on Sunday.

After recording statements of the two complainants, Judge Mohammad Ash Sams Joglul Hossain of the tribunal directed the Cyber Crime Investigation Division of Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) Unit of police to probe the cases. The court also asked CTTC unit to submit two separate probe reports before the court by November 1 after investigation.

According to the case documents, Prof Ziaur Rahman allegedly made anti-Islamic remarks during a talk show on a television channel -- DBC News -- on October 20 which ‘hurt the religious sentiment of people’.

He described ‘Assalamu Alaikum’ and ‘Allah Hafez’ in pure Arabic pronunciation as abhorrent, reprehensible and a sign of extremism. He associated all these practices of Muslims with militancy.