BNP is the patron of evil forces: Quader

Staff Correspondent

10 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Tuesday accused Bangladesh Nationalist Party of hindering the women development through patronizing the evil forces.

“Bangladesh Nationalist Party is the patron of evil forces which want to block the way of women empowerment in the name of religion,” he said while addressing a virtual press briefing from his official residence on parliament premises in the capital.

Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina-led government believes in giving recognition to women for their work alongside empowering them in economy and politics.

Replying to BNP’s remarks marking Women Day that women are deprived of their rights in the country, Quader said incumbent government has earned international recognition for empowering women socially and politically alongside in economy and politics.

“Scope of getting free education to twelfth class for women has been extended along with ensuring safety in workplaces. Even women are being elected as public representative in local body polls and reserve seats have been increased in the Jatiya Sangsad,” he said. 

Mentioning that women participation in challenging jobs has been increased, Quader said women are getting collateral-free loans as part of making entrepreneurs.

Scoring development activities of the government for the women, Quader said Sheikh Hasina-led government is being familiar as women friendly one among all the post ‘75 governments.

Quader alleged that thousands of women including Fahima and Purnima were raped during the BNP-led government.

Quader said the repression carried out by the BNP on the minority women in 2001 was worse than that by the Pakistani occupation forces in 1971.

Sheikh Hasina’s government is strict against those involved in women repression and also very much careful to open the doors of all the potentials of women development, he said.