Policeman who harassed teacher for wearing teep identified

Staff Reporter Published: 4 April 2022, 01:05 PM | Updated: 4 April 2022, 01:12 PM
Policeman who harassed teacher for wearing teep identified
A human chain was formed in front of the Bangladesh National Museum in the capital’s Shahbagh on Sunday over the alleged harrasment of a female teacher by a policeman.

The policeman who allegedly harassed a female teacher for wearing a teep on her forehead has been identified and taken into police custody.

The policeman’s name is Nazmul Tareq, a constable at Protection Department of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP). 

Biplob Kumar Sarker, Deputy Commissioner (Tejgaon zone) of DMP, confirmed the matter on Monday morning. 

On Saturday, Lata Samaddar, Lecturer of the Theatre and Media Studies department of Tejgaon College, complained that a policeman harassed and hurled abusive words at her after seeing a teep on her forehead while she was going to the campus in the capital’s Farmgate area.

In a written complaint filed with Sher-e-Bangla Nagar Police Station, Lata Samaddar, said when she protested, the policeman threatened her and tried to run her over with his motorbike.

Later, the incident triggered widespread criticism and protests both online and offline.

Women’s activist organisation Naripokkho on Sunday staged a protest against the harassment incident.

Renowned actress and lawmaker Suborna Mustafa also expressed outrage in the parliament over the reported harassment of the woman by the policeman - for wearing teep.

“Where in the constitution, which law of Bangladesh says that a woman cannot wear a teep?” - Suborna questioned while placing a statement in the parliament.