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Charges pressed against Taslima Nasrin, 2 others in ICT case

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 15 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Police submitted a charge sheet against three people including Taslima Nasrin, a Bangladeshi writer in exile, under Section 57 of the ICT Act on charges of hurting religious sentiment.

Nazmul Nishat, inspector of The Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police submitted the charge sheet to the Dhaka chief metropolitan Magistrates court on 3 October 2021.

The two other charge-sheeted accused are Editor of Women Chapter Supriti Dhar and Acting Editor Shucheesmita Simonti.

CTTC, however, dropped the name of the ‘Women Chapter’ advisor Lina Haque from the charge sheet as the investigation officer (IO) failed to collect the address of the accused during the probe.

Showing the accused as fugitive in the charge sheet, the IO also applied before the court to issue arrest warrant against them. On April 26, 2018, Muhammad Mahbub Alam, editor of the monthly Al Bayyinat filed the case with Cyber Tribunal in Dhaka against the four people on charges of hurting religious sentiment of people.

Following the allegation, the court asked the Shahjahanpur police station to record the allegation as a case against the four people including Taslima Nasrin.

According to the case, an article of Taslima Nasrin regarding rape incident was published at the Women Chapter news portal that allegedly hurt the religious sentiment of people.