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Why Do Preeti Urangs Have to Die?

  • Taslima Nasrin
  • Update Time : 01:25:17 pm, Wednesday, 6 March 2024
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What caused fifteen-year-old girl Preeti Urang to die by jumping down from a multi-storied building? Why do girls like her have to lose their lives in this way? A young girl like Preeti is supposed to go to her school at her age. Instead, why did she go to work as a maid servant at someone’s house? Indeed, it was because of her poverty. Her father Lukesh Urang worked at a tea garden. He sent his daughter to work as a maid owing to their extreme poverty.

But, of course, he did want to send her daughter to the home of a savage child abuser or rapist but sent her to the house of a civilized gentleman. Teenager Preeti was employed as a housekeeper at the house of Ashfaqul Haque, the Executive Editor of The Daily Star, a renowned English newspaper in the country.

Whoever is doing the duties of an executive editor, one would assume that he is a socially conscious person. He is supposed to be a conscientious person because he knows about human rights. He teaches people humanity every day. He advises the rich not to discriminate against the poor and educate the poor not to feel disrespected as poor. He teaches women not to accept the discrimination against them and protests against rapes and sexual harassments.

Hence, the question arises, how could then a person like him keep children as domestic workers in his own house? Is he in favour of child labour? Therefore, it is obvious that he is not against child labour. But from whom will people expect to learn that every child is born with the right to go to school and get food, clothing and shelter? Who will teach them that every child has the right not to be physically and mentally abused? And from whom will people learn the rights of a child? Thus commoners are often taught that it is not the responsibility of children to shoulder the burden of the elderly. But what has Ashfaqul Haque taught them?

Around six months ago on August 6, another child called Ferdousi who was working as his maid also jumped down from his nine-storey flat. She was seriously injured. But why did the child actually want to risk her life trying to escape? What really happened in the flat? Like Ferdousi, Preeti also had to jump down and bleed, and she eventually died.

Eyewitnesses said that Preeti had injury marks on her body. It was said that she was tortured, murdered and then thrown from the ninth floor of the flat. Some say that Preeti, like Ferdousi, wanted to escape from torture. Executive Editor Ashfaqul Haque has been arrested along with a total of 6 people. He was arrested earlier on charges of torturing domestic workers. An organisation of Pahari students formed a human chain demanding justice for Preeti’s murder and alleged that Ashfaqul wanted to get rid of the case by paying Tk two lakh to Preeti’s father.

To ponder upon the incidents, let’s say nobody threw Ferdousi and Preeti out of the window. They fell down accidentally. But the question is, why did Ashfaqul Haque not install the grill of that window even after Ferdousi had fallen down through it 6 months ago? Did they not know that when this accident happened once, it could happen again in future?

Even after Ferdousi’s mother filed a case against them, why did they not feel the urge to take steps so that such incidents do not repeat? Ashfaqul Haque has been denied bail. No verdict has been passed in the case yet. Nor is it known to us what exactly happened in the flat that day. Maybe, one day we will know that. But in both the incidents, we can observe a subtle image of torture. Either the girl was thrown away due to torture or the girl wanted to escape due to torture. And, this oppression is the oppression of the rich against the poor.

Domestic workers are usually women, so the violence against them is also a part of violence against women. As long as the society of equality is not developed, the difference between the rich and the poor cannot be reduced, and such torture will continue. Along with economic development, one should also know the ways to overcome corruption, greed and violence.

Many small incidents are visible to us. But the big mischief which is carried out by the powerful class is not visible to many. The politics of keeping the poor as poor forever, and the conspiracy to not allow the society of equality to come closer have remained. If a war had been waged against it, then so many girls like Preeti Urang would not have to die in this way.

Taslima Nasrin is an exiled author

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Update Time : 01:25:17 pm, Wednesday, 6 March 2024

What caused fifteen-year-old girl Preeti Urang to die by jumping down from a multi-storied building? Why do girls like her have to lose their lives in this way? A young girl like Preeti is supposed to go to her school at her age. Instead, why did she go to work as a maid servant at someone’s house? Indeed, it was because of her poverty. Her father Lukesh Urang worked at a tea garden. He sent his daughter to work as a maid owing to their extreme poverty.

But, of course, he did want to send her daughter to the home of a savage child abuser or rapist but sent her to the house of a civilized gentleman. Teenager Preeti was employed as a housekeeper at the house of Ashfaqul Haque, the Executive Editor of The Daily Star, a renowned English newspaper in the country.

Whoever is doing the duties of an executive editor, one would assume that he is a socially conscious person. He is supposed to be a conscientious person because he knows about human rights. He teaches people humanity every day. He advises the rich not to discriminate against the poor and educate the poor not to feel disrespected as poor. He teaches women not to accept the discrimination against them and protests against rapes and sexual harassments.

Hence, the question arises, how could then a person like him keep children as domestic workers in his own house? Is he in favour of child labour? Therefore, it is obvious that he is not against child labour. But from whom will people expect to learn that every child is born with the right to go to school and get food, clothing and shelter? Who will teach them that every child has the right not to be physically and mentally abused? And from whom will people learn the rights of a child? Thus commoners are often taught that it is not the responsibility of children to shoulder the burden of the elderly. But what has Ashfaqul Haque taught them?

Around six months ago on August 6, another child called Ferdousi who was working as his maid also jumped down from his nine-storey flat. She was seriously injured. But why did the child actually want to risk her life trying to escape? What really happened in the flat? Like Ferdousi, Preeti also had to jump down and bleed, and she eventually died.

Eyewitnesses said that Preeti had injury marks on her body. It was said that she was tortured, murdered and then thrown from the ninth floor of the flat. Some say that Preeti, like Ferdousi, wanted to escape from torture. Executive Editor Ashfaqul Haque has been arrested along with a total of 6 people. He was arrested earlier on charges of torturing domestic workers. An organisation of Pahari students formed a human chain demanding justice for Preeti’s murder and alleged that Ashfaqul wanted to get rid of the case by paying Tk two lakh to Preeti’s father.

To ponder upon the incidents, let’s say nobody threw Ferdousi and Preeti out of the window. They fell down accidentally. But the question is, why did Ashfaqul Haque not install the grill of that window even after Ferdousi had fallen down through it 6 months ago? Did they not know that when this accident happened once, it could happen again in future?

Even after Ferdousi’s mother filed a case against them, why did they not feel the urge to take steps so that such incidents do not repeat? Ashfaqul Haque has been denied bail. No verdict has been passed in the case yet. Nor is it known to us what exactly happened in the flat that day. Maybe, one day we will know that. But in both the incidents, we can observe a subtle image of torture. Either the girl was thrown away due to torture or the girl wanted to escape due to torture. And, this oppression is the oppression of the rich against the poor.

Domestic workers are usually women, so the violence against them is also a part of violence against women. As long as the society of equality is not developed, the difference between the rich and the poor cannot be reduced, and such torture will continue. Along with economic development, one should also know the ways to overcome corruption, greed and violence.

Many small incidents are visible to us. But the big mischief which is carried out by the powerful class is not visible to many. The politics of keeping the poor as poor forever, and the conspiracy to not allow the society of equality to come closer have remained. If a war had been waged against it, then so many girls like Preeti Urang would not have to die in this way.

Taslima Nasrin is an exiled author