Another crackdown in Bangladesh: Missing JnU student Tithi Sarkar held for hurting religious sentiment


Giving credence to the allegations of ‘victimisation’ of minority students in Bangaldesh, Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police arrested suspended Jagannath University (JnU) student Tithi Sarkar, who mysteriously disappeared soon after she was suspended by her university authorities on blasphemy allegations which was denied by her.

Her arrest came barely days after Bangladesh Hindu Bouddha Christian Oikya Parishad(Hindu, Buddhist and Christian Unity Council general secretary alleged that Bangladesh authorities are not taking any action against those radicals, who hack Facebook IDs of Hindu students to defame them and incite sectarian violence on the minority community which comprises 1.75 crore out of 18 crore total population in the Muslim-majority country.

In a You Tube channel, Dasgupta also alleged that despite his organisation’s repeated request to launch crackdown on those miscreants, government authorities continued to target minorities on false allegations in a country where ‘mob justice’ has become the order of the day.

Tithi was slapped with charges under the Digital Security Act for allegedly making derogatory comments about religion on Facebook.

One of Tithi’s friends, who refused to be named, alleged that Abu Musa Rifat, a student from Tithy’s department, with a motive of vengeance due to some vendetta, filed the case with the Cyber Tribunal in Dhaka.

Earlier, in an FIR lodged at a police station, Tithi confronted the allegations saying someone had hacked her Facebook profile to defame her publicly.

CID’s Senior Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Jisan Ul Haque said she was arrested on Wednesday.

On October 23, some screenshots of Tithi’s Facebook account making derogatory comments about Islam and Muhammad whom Muslims call their Prophet went viral. 

The third-year student of the zoology department of JnU went missing on October 25. The law enforcement agencies were looking for her since her disappearance.

Her sister, Smriti Rani Sarker filed a general diary (GD) on October 27 in this regard at Pallabi police station.

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