Condemnations have poured social media after the state minister for information made blistering comments about BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and her granddaughter.
Apart from the BNP supporters, the country’s women rights groups, feminists, rights activists, and academicians have also expressed disappointment.
During an interview published on social media on Saturday, State Minister Dr. Murad Hasan called Khaleda a lecher and alleged that her granddaughter Zyma Rahman – daughter of BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman – needed the company of a black man every night.
“We wonder how a public representative, as well as cabinet member, can make comments like a women-hater and racist person. How could he boast after making such remarks?” Naripokkho said in a statement signed by Tamanna Khan Popy on Sunday.
The organization sought the intervention of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina about taking punitive measures against Dr. Murad, who has always made the headlines by making statements about the BNP-Jamaat and the collaborators of the 1971 Liberation War.
Last month, he demanded the posthumous trial of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman for masterminding the Bangabandhu assassination.
He recently drew flaks by saying that the state religion provision should not remain in the constitution, even though the party’s senior leadership is not considering the matter.
Women Chapter, as a platform committed towards gender equality and human rights, condemns the misogynist, obscene and racist remarks made by the state minister.
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Cross- posted from Dhaka Tribune.