Stop fund diversion from orphanages

21 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Good that the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has started investigations into fund transactions of Hefazat-e-Islam and similar such organisations. In fact, the ACC should look into the transactions of all organisations getting funding from abroad to deter the misuse of funds by any organisation. There are innumerable madrasas, orphanages and Islamic institutions receiving foreign aid for spending on religious education in orphanages.

Increasing allegations of fund embezzlement, suspicious transactions of huge sums found by the Bangladesh Bank and its intelligence unit the Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit (BFIU) against several leaders of Hefazat-e-Islam, including its former chief JunayedBabunagari and joint secretary MamunulHaque led the ACC decide to probe against them. A six-member committee has been formed as the BFIU took the initiative to seek details of all bank accounts of 24 leaders of Hefazat-e-Islam and 30 madrasas run by them to find out the sources of funds of the Hefazat-e-Islam and similar other Islamist organisations.

If found guilty, the Hefazat leaders will have to answer not only to the ACC but also to their followers regarding misuse of funds. Meanwhile, we are astounded to know that a massive amount of Tk 6.47 crore have been transacted through several bank accounts of a Hefazat leader.

Any dubious intentions and activities of the Hefazat leaders in the name of religion or religious education must not be condoned. In our religion and culture, giving freely to education and upkeep of orphans is one of the greatest manifestations of piety and devotion to the Creator. Many people and organisations collect donations from the affluent of the society who feel an obligation towards the poor and the orphans. Instead of using the funds in charitable ways to feed and educate the poor and orphans, many fill their own coffers which must be brought to light.

We hope proper investigations will permanently stop fund embezzlement from organisations running madrasas and orphanages. For the sake of the poor orphans, it is also necessary to cleanse the images of the various educational institutions and orphanages run by many charitable organisations in the country.