Government using Garment Industry & BGMEA to organize Feminist rally against Hefazot

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Govt pledges to protect illegal BGMEA (which puts workers lives at risk) building in return for BGMEA support against,

In a bid to resist the mass uprising of Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh Govt has now turned to BGMEA, the largest association of Garments manufacturers and exporters of Bangladesh. BGMEA and BKMEA are expected to provide 400,000 female garment workers for a feminists’ grand rally at Shapla roundabout of Motijheel on 27th April, just before Hefazat’s ‘Siege Dhaka’ programme on 5th May. Feminists’ showdown will criticise 13-point demands of Hefzat, especially the demand of re-appropiration the existing of Women’s Development Policy which Hefazat claims to be anti-women as well as anti-Islamic.
It has been alleged that Govt, in return, has pledged to protect the illegal BGMEA building at Hatirjheel, which the High Court of Bangladesh demanded to be demolished within 90 days. But Atikul Islam, the president of BGMEA, denied this charged stating that they will protect that building through the legal processes.

However, in a rally Sharifuzzaman Sharif, general secretary of Nagorik Shonhoti, a civil organization, said that even the Prime Minister voiced against that building in an international conference and remarked it as a ‘poisonous boil’ in the beautiful vista of Hatirjheel ! On that rally many important personalities of the civil society were present and have expressed their concerns over the new ties between the Govt and BGMEA.

Source: Daily Naya Diganta