Hefajat-e Islam on Monday rejected prime minister’s statement and demanded formation of a law in line with the Holy Quran to punish people who defame Islam and Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, during an interview with BBC, said existing laws were sufficient to punish anyone insulting Islam. She also rejected the demand for a new anti-blasphemy law.
Reacting to the PM’s interview, Noor Hossain Kashemi, convener of Dhaka city unit of Hefajat, said, “A new law will have to be formulated incorporating the provision of the punishment suggested in Islam.”
Briefing newsmen on the daylong countrywide shutdown at Lalbagh Shahi Madrasha, he claimed one of their activists was killed in police firing in Chittagong on Monday.
Kashemi also claimed that over 400 Hefajat men were injured across the country as ruling party workers attacked them during the hartal hours.
The Hefajat leader warned the government of tougher agitation programmes if their 13 demands are not met immediately.
Referring to their demand of banning all foreign culture, including free mixing of men and women, he said, by meeting the demand the dignity of women will be ensured.