Dr. Zeenat Huda, Professor of Sociology, Dhaka University : News reports said the student who was detained by detectives made seditious comments on her Facebook account. Nobody is beyond the law, irrespective of their gender. The law will take its own course if anyone commits any crime against the state or the government.
I did not see what the girl did. If she did anything, she will be brought to justice. The girl is a student in my department. But the question arises: why is not there anyone of other department? If the students are aware of what they are doing, it is then a different story. If not (being provoked by others), there is something else there.
Given the situation of the society, a Facebook status means a lot. If any student uses indecent language, I think that is not right. I reckon the girl detained is not good at studies. She fails at every semester. Then how does she waste her time and where? Does the girl do such an act? She is harming herself. I encourage students to study for succeeding in life.
Students, who are in jailed being involved in the quota reform protests, are causing havoc to themselves as well. Everybody understands the way the quota protesters talk. The situation surfaced after politics was added to the quota reform movement. The history of left-leaning politics shows us that a number of leftist students sacrificed their life for changing the society at the cost of their academic life. But that practice is no longer available. Nothing that is excessive is good—no matter whether it is about leftist or fundamentalist politics.
Based on an interview by Mehedi Hasan, translated by Sayeed Muhammad
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