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Wednesday, May 25, 2016, Jaistha 11, 1423 BS, Shaban 17, 1437 Hijri

Justice and security for the disgraced teacher
Published :Wednesday, 25 May, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 23

The inhumanly abused and humiliated Narayanganj school head master Shyamal Kanti Bhakta has begged for his safety and justice against local lawmaker Selim Osman who forced him to do sit-ups holding his own ears before a crowd on the school premises.
The teacher was subjected to this horrendous 'punishment' for allegedly making offending comments against Islam while punishing one of his students earlier. Shyamal Kanti denied the allegation while the student at the centre of the issue also said his teacher had not said anything demeaning Islam or hurting Muslim sentiments.
The mortification of the head master evoked a countrywide protest by people from all walks of life including teachers, students, guardians, civil society leaders and even housewives who held their own ears amplifying injustice meted out to Shyamal Kanti by Selim Osman and his hardened followers in the industrial town where crimes and corruption have become a daily chore. But Selim Osman remained unmoved and instead defended his notorious actions by gathering 'paid' law enforcers, traders and ordinary people he bought for money or by scaring them to death unless they stand by him. He also incited Hefazat activists who staged a street protest in the town demanding 'death' to Shyamal Kanti within a short time. Till now, Selim Osman scored well in his deceptive move and continuously denying he committed any offence. But he admitted that he ordered Shyamal Kanti to do sit-ups to 'save the teacher's life from the wrath of angry masses over his alleged disrespect to Islam. Yesterday, he held his second news conference in a week to produce before the media 'evidences' against Shyamal Kanti by 'herding' some people to say the teacher had definitely hurt religious sentiments by saying and doing something arrogant and audacious. This has become a 'hide and seek' affair going on in Narayanganj centring on the head teacher's humiliation.
Sick and worn down, Shyamal Kanti now in Dhaka Medical College Hospital has reportedly received death threats from unknown people and is living in mortal fears that probably would keep him from rejoining his job that has been reinstated by the order of Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid and under instructions of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Earlier, a day after the incident, the school managing committee - a puppet in Selim Osman's hands -- terminated Shyamal Kanti further adding to his woes.
When Health Minister Mohammad Nasim visited Shyamal Kanti in the DMCH on Sunday, the teacher broke down to the feet of the baffled minister and begged security for his life and of his family. Shaymal Kanti who earlier said, after his unprecedented punishment, 'I am now a dead man although I am still breathing', is now living between life and death, sources close to him said. Selim Osman, a member of parliament from Jatiya Party but claims blessings from the ruling Awami League as a descendent of notorious Osman family in Narayanganj, has been castigated by several ministers and ruling party leaders for taking illegal actions on unfounded allegation against Shyamal Kanti. But Selim, whose brother Shamim Osman is an MP from ruling Awami League, refuses to bend under pressure or persuasion by anyone and keeps his battle going on against the humbled and embarrassed teacher. Selim Osman has announced he made no crime or offence and so will not apologise to anyone. Health Minister Nasim said Selim should not come to parliament if he has any shame for the cruelty he meted out to Shyamal Kanti. But Selim remains defiant and firm on his stance - living up to the 'bad' reputation of his brother and family.
Shyamal Kanti's family wonders where he will go after being released from hospital and who or how will his safety be guaranteed. There is no precise answer available yet but we hope the government will take all measures to keep the shattered and broken teacher safe and alive.

Editor : Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury
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