Take legal actions against Hifazat’s Shafi: Kamal to govt

Bangla Tribune Report
Published : 22:36, Jan 14, 2019 | Updated : 22:38, Jan 14, 2019

Kamal Hossain, a leader of the opposition alliance Jatiya Oikyafront, is pictured during an interview with Reuters in Dhaka, Bangladesh, November 22, 2018. . REUTERSLambasting Hifazat-e Islam chief Shah Ahmed Shafi for his remarks on women’s education, Dr Kamal Hossain-led Gano Forum wants the government to initiate legal actions.
Describing the radical Islamist outfit boss as an “anti-feminist and anti-constitution element who also nurtures anti-Liberation War spirit”, the party said in a statement on Monday (Jan 14) that Shafi wants to plunge the country and society into darkness.
The joint statement by Gano Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain and General Secretary Mosafa Mohsin Montu termed Shafi’s comments indecent, and urged people to raise their voices against his edict against female education.
On Friday (Jan 11), Shafi made the audience of an Islamic congregation give him their word that they will not allow their girls to study past fourth or fifth grade.
Shah Ahmed Shafi is the chief of  Hifazat-e Islam,  a hardline Islamists` platform.The 99-year old Shafi, who runs the Al-Jamiatul Ahlia Darul Ulum Moinul Islam madrasa in Chattogram’s Hathazari, solicited promises on the matter from the attendees of the institution’s annual gathering.
He, however, claimed later that his statement was distorted and claimed that he was against co-education not women’s education.
“We want women in the country to be educated because a child cannot be properly educated if the mother is not,” he said in a statement.
He urged the creation of a separate education system for women which would allow them to maintain ‘Pardah’ through segregation.
“There all the officials will be women. We will urge our women to receive education in that kind of system,” the statement issued on Saturday (Jan 12) reads.