Published: Monday, September 9, 2013

'Anti-islam' Comments

4 bloggers indicted

(L-R) Subrata Adhikari Shuvo, Mashiur Rahman Biplob, Russel Parvez and Asif Mohiuddin. Star file photo.

(L-R) Subrata Adhikari Shuvo, Mashiur Rahman Biplob, Russel Parvez and Asif Mohiuddin. Star file photo.

A Dhaka court yesterday framed charges against four bloggers for making “derogatory comments about Islam” on social media.
The trial of the two cases against them will begin on November 6.
The four bloggers, who are now on bail, pleaded not guilty and demanded justice.
If convicted in the Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s Court, each of them will face 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Tk 1 crore, under the Information and Communications Technology Act, 2006.
The cabinet, however, had approved the draft ICT (Amendment) Ordinance, 2013, proposing that the maximum jail term for an offence covered by the law be increased to 14 years.
The four are Subrata Adhikari Shuvo, 24, a master’s student at Dhaka University; Russel Parvez, 36, a teacher at an English medium school; Mashiur Rahman Biplob, 42, a resident of the capital’s Pallabi area, and Asif Mohiuddin, 28, an ex-student of a private university.
Shuvo, Parvez and Biplob were arrested on April 2, under Section 54 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, in different areas in the capital on suspicion of making derogatory comments about Islam.
Police later filed a general diary against the trio for uploading “contents insulting to Islam” on social media platforms.
Asif was arrested on April 3 at an Uttara hospital where he had been undergoing treatment for fatal stab injuries he had sustained in an attack on January 14.
The arrests coincided with a countrywide hate campaign by so-called Islamist groups who alleged that “atheist bloggers” were behind the Shahbagh movement that demanded death penalty to war criminals.
There was fierce criticism on social networking sites, with many users observing that the government had made the arrests in fear of angry reactions from the Islamist groups.
After investigations into the cases, the Detective Branch of police pressed charges against the four on April 17, accusing them of hurting religious sentiments by the contents posted on Facebook and different blogs.
The court accepted the charges on June 2.

  • Vikram Khan

    Actually it should made public what exactly these bloggers have written, hence it will help us – the public – to avoid to make the same mistakes (willingly or unwillingly) and it will also help us to understand why the government does not ban Taliban styled Islamic groups like Jamaat and Hefajat for insulting the religious feelings of the majority of the people of Bangladesh.

  • Harry

    What a backward country.

  • Cyrill Lampart

    Any religion that feels so easily offended.

  • Lucien Gendrot

    These comments are…disheartening. Wake up, human race.

  • Thusi

    Oh really? so anyone who who says that nonsense written in a book 1500 years ago is just lol inducing stuff should be killed?

    Why dont you let the lord take over the punishments? If we are going to go to hell after we die, there is no reason to panic after all right? We will all suffer for eternity while you get massaged by 7 virgins. Just let other live their lives and believe what ever nonsense you want.

  • happychappy

    Quite simple, anyone accused of offending a deity can either wait for the thunderbolt/wrath of god… or please let the prosecution prove the existence of said deity in a court of law. P.s. Nasirullah, word to the wise… how can you decide what is denigrating to your god? Surely they should go unpunished throughout their life and if (BIG IF) you’re right about the whole god thing, they’ll get sent to hell for eternity afterwards?
    P.P.S. Obviously anyone questioning my belief in his holiness the Giant Flying Spaghetti Monster, should be flayed alive.

    • Kenny

      Even if deity exists, there is known way to know what it wants. Even if you had a vision, you have no way of knowing that this is really from deity. It might be from anti-deity trying to deceive you.

      - deity is all powerful, and if deity wants justice, it can deliver it as it pleases
      - deity is all powerful and all-wise, and therefor shouldn’t be offended by what a puny mortal being says.
      - mortals who believe in deity shouldn’t be offended. If their faith is strong enough, they know that deity cannot be harmed, and anyone trying to would just shame themselves in the attempt.

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  • Dev Saha

    These people love the secular laws of the West but would not hesitate to keep their brothers and sisters in the darkness at home. Free thinking is rather poisonous for people with low self confidence.

  • Dev Saha

    Only one religion that really counts for our whole humanity?

    • Bjørn Magne Slinde

      Nah, no religion counts for our whole humanity.
      Remarkably, there is a huge number of the human race that does just fine without any sort of religion.

  • Dev Saha

    I am not for insulting a faith but nothing should be beyond critics. We do not live in North Korea? A strong faith can withstand some critic unless it is false.

  • Dev Saha

    What would be the next? Blasphemy laws of Pakistan? Restrict women’ freedom? We, all have to follow a book that never tickles me? Give me a break!

  • Shafiqur Rahman

    The prison term is a bit harsh. Would the same term apply if sentiments of other religions were hurt? We call the govt secular, but is it?

  • Martin Long

    Well, that is clearly a problem with the system, yes. The problem with the sentence is that if the injuries were ‘fatal’ then how come he’s still alive to have surgery, get arrested, and appear in court? His injuries were NOT fatal, by definition.