#MeToo intensifies in Bangladesh with 2nd complaint
DOT Desk : After Bangladeshi-origin former Miss Ireland Maksuda Akhter Prioty raised her voice against sexual abuse through the #MeToo movement, Asmaul Husna followed her.
Asmaul opened up on the same issue on social media as she described how another woman, Shuchismita Simanti, was exploited by a media worker. The culprit is Jamil Ahmed, owner of media outlet named Jatri and also a TV presenter.
The Facebook post is as follows: “It was in 2013. I was a fourth-year undergraduate student. In Facebook, I was having a normal conversation with a person, whom I met twice earlier at BYLC training and Jatri Institute, from the media. We planned to meet a day, at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, for a casual adda in the evening. After finishing reading from British Council library, I went to meet this person.
We ordered coffee and had a good discussion about books and all that. Then, I decided to go home around 7pm. While we were walking to go outside, he was telling me that, “You know, I am almost the age of your father and we can be good friends still. Isn’t it?” While he was saying this, he kept his hands over my left shoulder. I was silent and thinking of it, perhaps, a friendly gesture. Then, he was telling me let’s have a walk around the adjacent road of Shilpokala which is on the side of Dudok buildingI said yes, we can walk for ten minutes then I will go home.
While walking on the road, he stopped under a tree where it was darker. The road was totally empty. And, the poor me still couldn’t sense something wrong is going to happen to me. He put his lip gel and offered me to put it. I said no, as I don’t use other people’s lip gel. Within a blink of the eye, this guy held me tightly and started to kiss on my lips and was touching my body inappropriately. I was so shocked, afraid and lost. I hurriedly pushed him and ran towards Motsyo Bhaban, crossed the road and took a rickshaw.”