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Why do we keep waiting for the next disaster?

Five patients died at a five-star hospital when a makeshift ward caught fire on Wednesday last. One of the deceased was Vernon Anthony Paul, a 75-year-old man who was found to be coronavirus negative and was waiting to be transferred to a different section of the hospital. However, the transfer didn’t take place. His son, […]

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Do we really need a women’s day?

How many women does a man know or can know in his lifetime? And what type? He gets to know his mother, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, wife, daughters, friends at the educational institutions, and female colleagues at his workplace. And I refuse to believe that he, the man, doesn’t have the mind to care for all […]

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A sad January

For me, like many around the globe, the advent of the New Year was deeply saddening. When I heard that America had assassinated Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in Iraq, I panicked. I thought this would be the beginning of another spate of long-drawn conflicts in the Middle East and Gulf regions, which would leave millions […]

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Why do men rape?

I always thought that men who feel the urge to rape women or other men suffer from severe mental disorder; it’s a form of retardation that leads to someone’s to assault sexually. It’s no less than that. Rape is an assault and the rapist encroaches upon a victim who is not willing to participate. And […]

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Wishes for 2020

The sound of fireworks and the phantoms in the night sky at zero hour on January 1, 2020 was a display of how urban Bengalis celebrate the New Year, even amid various restrictions. The skyline was full of fireworks and phantoms going up in the sky. It was quite a magnificent sight. The excitement of […]

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Do sex crimes call for extreme measures?

A vernacular daily in Bangladesh has reported that the American state of Alabama has passed a new law in order to prevent child rapes. The law states that a male who has been convicted for raping a child under 13 will be given an injection that will make the offender sexually incapacitated for the rest […]

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Sadness and helplessness

The sadness along with the steep sense of helplessness isn’t wearing off. It seemed that sadness was easier to salvage, but it is the helplessness that is keeping its grip on my psyche and isn’t letting go. I think of the reason for this. No, it’s not the traffic jam that is making me sad; […]

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Condemn rapes, not love

We wow at the sight when we see couples in a gallery locking lips when their team wins a match. Our minds get drenched with aspirational desires when we Ranbir Kapoor kissing Deepika openly. We start researching news items such as ‘Seven ways to make your kisses great’. We consider it heavenly when Prince Harry […]

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No country for women

Bangla Tribune, one of the country’s leading online news portals, published one of my articles on Wednesday on violation against women in Bangladesh. In the piece, I thanked actor Mosharraf Karim for raising an issue of “decent and indecent attire of women” on a television programme. While discussing rape in Bangladesh, the issue of women’s […]