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  • Rape of Marma sisters

    On January 22, two teenage sisters of a Marma family were allegedly raped and sexually assaulted by security forces in Orachhari

  • The ones who never returned

    The end of 2017 witnessed the return of a number of individuals who had disappeared in the second half of the year. Most of the 15 individuals, who had been missing since August last year, either returned to their respective families in the last three months or were shown as arrested based on various cases.

  • Wounds yet to heal

    Thakurpara, an impoverished, tiny village of Rangpur district, houses around 50 extremely poor Hindu families, most of who make ends meet working as day labourers. Beside their lower socio-economic status, they are doubly

  • The benefits of oppression for the common man

    As a proud Bangladeshi of the 21st century, I embrace the role of the oppressed. I credit my therapist for this—“Look at the silver lining,” she says, “focus on the positives”. So I do.

  • “Punish him, punish him!”

    "I was so happy when I saw the madam of the house, I told her I'd do whatever she asked of me,” described Moyna. “She took me to a room and asked me if I wanted to shower after my long flight from Bangladesh.” Moyna said yes.

  • One year and counting…

    Dizen Tudu wasn't always a calculative person. There was a time when he could work in the field under the sweltering heat all day and still have enough energy left in him to play with his three boys at home in the evening.

  • How effective will the anti-discrimination law be?

    The right to equality and the principle of non-discrimination is recognised by the constitution of Bangladesh. While article 27 of the constitution states that the people of Bangladesh are equal in the eyes of the law, article 28 forbids any discrimination on the basis of race, caste, religion, sex or place of birth.

  • Leaving no one behind: “Hijra Lives in Bangladesh”

    "When I was a volunteer for UNYSAB, a bunch of us were distributing sandals to rickshaw pullers who didn't have any. A group of hijras came along and took the sandals away, but a little while later, they returned and apologised for having done so. Assuming we were NGO workers, they said: 'Rickshaw pullers have parents, children, siblings, a family. We have nobody. Can't you do something for us too?'”

  • Seizing the opportunity?

    Three years ago, a Bangladeshi woman, let's call her Nila, petitioned the High Court asking for protection of her fundamental right to equality. She had been living in a violent marriage. But as a Hindu in Bangladesh, she has no right to divorce, and no exit route from continuing abuse.

  • If Rohingyas were Hindu

    A story by Reuters citing an Indian government spokesperson says that India is in talks with Bangladesh and Myanmar to deport 40,000 Rohingya Muslims, arguably one of the world's most persecuted ethnic groups.

  • The never ending cycle

    From January 2012 to June 2017, a total of 388 incidents of violence against domestic workers have taken place, and, of them, only 161 cases have been filed.

  • The deaths could have been prevented

    The boiler explosion in a garments factory in Gazipur last Monday once again highlighted the government's inability to monitor the 5000-odd authorised boilers across the country.

  • Destruction of shops at Rath Mela and the ever-shrinking space for minorities

    Last Saturday night, the 400-year-old Rath Mela in Dhamrai, a fair integral to the Hindu Rath Jatra Utsab and the biggest Rath Jatra festival of the country, was shut down by the police over what it called “security concerns”, the fair stalls forcibly dismantled, visibly destroyed, and their owners beaten up.

  • “We will be soldiers in a battlefield”

    In 2001 Hill Women's Federation published a compilation of Kalpana Chakma's diary entries, letters to her comrades, news articles about her abduction and fact-finding reports by groups about the circumstances around her disappearance.

  • Cyclone Mora batters Rohingya homes

    Flimsy huts and lack of early warning in the camps lead to considerable damage.

  • Guilty of what?

    With the court dismissing all the other complaints, the narcotics claim is the main battleground now. However, when the case is analysed, what comes up is that the law enforcers found only 45 yaba tablets. Twenty-eight men were sent to jail for it. Breaking down, it is 1.6 tablets per person only

  • Is this our city?

    In this city of 14.5 million people, at least 9.07 percent of its inhabitants have some form of physical disability, according to Household Income Expenditure Survey 2011 of Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.

  • Mirpur Camp in Numbers

    In a world post-Syria, 'refugee' has almost become a dirty word. It is no longer an individual seeking solace from a terrible monster or a family leaving everything they have known behind because a fire has come to consume them.

  • Dreams from the Streets

    “I want to keep working,” says 16-year-old Akash. “I want to be an engineer!” says little Sagor, just 12. 11-year-old Sajeeb, the youngest, wants to be in the garment's sector.

  • Save Our Children

    Child labour is not only horrifyingly prevalent in our society, it is growing, and that is something we should be very, very afraid of.

  • We Can't Turn a Blind Eye

    Abdul Kader, a nine-year-old boy was cleaning the fuel chamber of a private car. Lying beneath the car's axle when Abdul opened the

  • Displaced in Dystopia

    Shahzadi Begum sat on her bed, her eyes firmly on the recording device set before her. She wore a smile across her face, belying the apprehension evident in her eyes. “When they were asking people if they wanted to go to Pakistan, I wanted to go too.

  • Shrouded in Mystery

    The heist of 101 million US dollars from Bangladesh Bank's account with the New York Federal Reserve Bank has taken the country into a state of total confusion.

  • The Saga of a Self-Destructive Society

    It was just another afternoon for Nusrat and Alvi. After a busy day at school and then spending hours with their tutor, they wanted to

  • Living in a Limbo

    As a result of the global debate on equality and social acceptance of trangenders, the Bangladeshi government now recognises 'Hijras'

  • Equal by law but not in reality

    The government recognition of Hijras as a separate gender was greeted by the marginalised community with great joy

  • The Woes of Homelessness

    Our society treats transgender people as outcasts. They are vilified as criminal groups, a threat to the social fabric, and thus

  • The Story of Dhee

    The day would probably be remembered in history for a long time to come. The country's first ever lesbian comic character -Dhee was launched through an event held at the British Council last week, on September 5.

  • Breaking Our Own Backbone

    “Our children are our greatest treasure. They are our future. Those who abuse them tear at the fabric of our society and weaken our nation.” – Nelson Mandela


    We can see deep economic contrast in the Bangladeshi society.