Messed Up Conscience
Following the heartbreaking demise of the Indian gang-rape victim ‘Damini’, whose real name is Jyoti Singh, our social-networking sites are having an overwhelming buzz of posts and disgusting conversations, most of which are blaming the dress sense of women for the violence towards them. Well, my first reaction was: NONSENSE. What about Dr Shajia Arefin who used to wear Hijab or the 3-year-old Tania who did not even have a body of a woman when they were raped? To add to that, one even commented, “Wearing provocative dresses by ladies had a crucial impact on the kid's rape”. Seriously! Who are we kidding? Clearly many people take a perverted delight in reading and posting such cruel and insensitive remarks on Facebook but they do forget that when they write out a comment like “Stop wearing jeans, babes; you might get raped”, it makes them one of those 6 beasts who savaged Damini to death, not some smirk-faced know-it-all bragging critic with a first-rate intention of respecting women around them.
Nadia Afroze Disha
Daffodil International University, Dhaka.
A Crime Unnoticed!
|PHOTO: KAZI TAHSIN AGAZ APURBO
Recently, the pathetic death of an Indian girl caused by gang rape has shocked us tremendously. Apparently, women in Bangladesh are suffering from the same agonies. Women are being embarrassed in public everyday. When women walk through a busy place, a market or the footpath, a section of men always try to grope her body. It is not only the young men but the elderly ones who commit such heinous crimes as well. Now, if I get doubts myself about going outside, how am I supposed to feel about the safety of my younger sister? These acts of sexual abuse shouldn't go unnoticed and the culprits should get exemplary punishment.
Department of English, University of Dhaka, Dhaka.
On To Bigger and Brighter Innings!
Last week's piece “2012 - The Year of Cricket” by Salman Rob brought a smile to my face as I relived some cherished mementos from Bangladesh cricket this past year. As the writer points out, not only have we discovered some new gems, we have also found strengths of character in Nasir Hossain, Mahmudullah Riyad and Mushfiqur Rahim, who have stepped up to the plate albeit incurring a few losses. Like many, as I caught myself wiping away tears after the Asia Cup final, I was surprised by how deeply our team's efforts and accomplishments had affected me. With cricket on the home front extending over to younger generations in big ways, both in terms of domestic and international matches and the BPL franchise, avid cricket fans are in high spirits in anticipation for another exciting year of cricket.
The University of British Columbia
To Be Human
Violence against women is a major problem all over the world. Recently in India, a collage student died after she was raped on a bus. Our society is not alien to such crimes as well. Violence against women is taking place regularly. The brutality against a school girl in Tangail only a few days ago testifies the fact. The frequent incidents of such crimes have virtually shaken the confidence of the people on the society. We have lost many lives for this problem. Now it's time to wake up and raise our voice against this violence and increase the awareness among people. We can't lost more lives for such dreadful crimes.
Department of Law,
University of Rajshahi,Rajshahi.
RUMANA MALIK MUNMUN
1. AMI BANGLAY GAN GAI - PRATUL MUKHERJEE
2. AMI TOMAKE BOLE DEBO - SHONJIB CHOWDHURY
3. MONE ROBE KINA ROBE AMARE - RABINDRANATH TAGORE
4. SAWANA GAGONE GHORE GHONO GHATA - RABINDRANATH TAGORE
5. MON TORE PARLAMNA BUJHAITERE - ARNOB
6. AAOGE JAB TUM O SAJNA- USTAD RASHID KHAN
7. WHEN YOU SAY NOTHING AT ALL - RONAN KEATING
8. KHWAJA MERE KHWAJA - A R RAHMAN
9. SLEEP AWAY - BOB ACRI
10. TUM HO - MOHIT CHAUHAN
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