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Shaheen Anam sued for hurting Hindu sentiment

Court orders PBI to submit report by Dec 21

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 24 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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A case has been filed against Shaheen Anam, wife of The Daily Star Editor Mahfuz Anam and executive director of Manusher Jonno Foundation, for hurting the religious sentiment of the Hindu community.

Chief Judicial Magistrate Court of Narayanganj assigned the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) to investigate the case and submit a report by December 21.

Akash Ghose, a member of Hindu community, filed the case with Narayanganj Chief Judicial Magistrate Court on Tuesday.

Banchte Shekha Executive Director Angela Gomes has been made co-accused in the case.

Quoting the case dossier, Ranajit Chandra Dey, counsel of the complainant, said Manusher Jonno Foundation executive director Shaheen Anam along with Banchte Shekha executive director Angela Gomes are engaged in a deep-rooted conspiracy to create chaos among the people of Hindu community.

The two NGO bosses have been holding seminars and meetings in various parts of the country for years, seeking amendment to the Hindu law. The duo is working to put people of the minority community against the government.

Senior Judicial Magistrate Mahmudul Mohsin took cognisance of the case, asked the PIB to investigate the allegation and submit a report. As part of the ongoing protest, Hindu community people staged demonstrations against the unholy move by Shaheen Anam and her cohorts at Sutrapur in the capital on Friday.

The agitating people burnt effigies of Mahfuz Anam and Shaheen Anam for hurting their religious sentiments.

Hindu leaders accused the couple of hatching a conspiracy to create internal faction within minority community and destabilise the country. They also said journalist Anam and his wife are trying to damage religious aristocracy of Hindus.

Apart from seminars at various places of the country, Shaheen Anam and Angela Gomes are holding webinars to spread religious hatred. On March 4, they disclosed draft of “Hindu Inheritance Law 2020.” The NGO bosses are masterminds behind the proposed law, alleged the demonstrators.

The Hindu leaders also claimed that Shaheen Anam formed a committee with her NGO staff Rina Roy, a woman of minority community.

Besides, Mahfuz Anam published fabricated reports and stories in the Daily Star to confuse people, hide the real situation and implement their evil agenda.

In 2007-2008, Mahfuz Anam supported the caretaker regime and tried to eliminate Bangabandhu’s daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina from politics. He tried to launch a new party.

They alleged that Mahfuz and his wife are now conspiring to create a distance between the Awami League-led government and Hindus who are a major vote bank of the party.