Religious groups all active against SC statue

Selim Zahid | Update:

StatueHefazat-e-Islam and other religion-based parties are up in arms against the sculpture on the Supreme Court premises as they are coming up with separate demonstration programmes.

A connection is being forged among all these organisations who generally work separately.

Hefazat has threatened to take to the streets if the sculpture is not removed.

It was around the time when there was strong reaction to the writings of certain liberal writers being dropped from school textbooks, that Hefazat raised the demand to remove the sculpture from the Supreme Court premises.

They termed the sculpture to be the statue of a Greek goddess.

It was Bangladesh Islami Andolan, the party of the Charmonai pir, that first raised the demand to remove the statue.

Next the Qawmi madrassa-based organisation Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh also actively demanded the statue’s removal. At a rally on 10 Mach in Chittagong, Hefazat leaders threatened a sit-in in Motijheel as in 2013.

A section of the pro-Awami League group, Ulema League, held a human chain programme in front of the National Press Club on 4 March, demanding the statue to be moved. They threatened to lay siege to the High Court if the statue was not removed.

Several religious groups and ulema are also against the statue.

Member of Awami League’s central advisory council and member of Islamic Foundation’s board of governors Golam Moula Nakshbandi told Prothom Alo, Islam discourages the culture of any type of statues.

Pro-government alem and khatib of Sholakiya prayer grounds Farid Uddin Masud told Prothom Alo, “Whether it is a stature of any sculpture, the matter is fundamentally contrary to Islam. But it isn’t correct to rake up the controversy which wasn’t there so long.”

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