Bangladesh protest against Hasina’s women’s policy

Protesters marched chanting slogans against equal property rights for women.

Updated: Apr 03, 2011, 18:00 PM IST

Dhaka: A student was killed and several
others injured in Bangladesh today when police fired on
hundreds of madrassa students protesting against a recently
adopted women`s policy, which right wing groups have termed

Police fired gunshots after several hundred protesters
came out of a madrassa in western Jassore with bamboo sticks
and stones and clashed with police, witnesses said.

The protesters marched through the city chanting
slogans against the government`s move to ensure equal property
rights for women in the Muslim majority country.

They wanted to drum up support for a nationwide strike
tomorrow, demanding that the policy should be scrapped.
A local journalist said that one student, who was
identified as Hossain Ahmed, died instantly when a bullet
pierced through his back.

But, police said the student was killed accidentally by
the protesters as they were using firearms against the law
enforcement agency.

A faction if Islami Oikya Jote (OIJ), an ally of main
opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party of Khaleda Zia, has
called a nationwide general strike tomorrow against the policy
announced last month, terming it anti-Islamic.

However, the government says the policy did not
contradict Islam in any way. It blamed the group for
misleading people by misinterpreting the policy.

BNP had initially declined to extend its support for
the strike, but in a statement overnight the party said it was
always supportive to any campaign to protest Islam and
religious sentiments of the people.