BNP demands Murad Hassan’s arrest

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He should be prosecuted, says senior leader Ruhul Kabir Rizvi

The BNP has demanded the arrest of former state minister for information and broadcasting Murad Hassan.

Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, senior joint secretary general of the BNP, voiced the demand at a press briefing at the party’s Naya Paltan office on Tuesday.

Murad handed in his resignation from the cabinet on Tuesday amid a social media storm over his derogatory remarks on women and scandalous audio leaks.

“Murad’s resignation is not enough, he should be arrested and tried,” said Rizvi.
He also demanded the former state minister be banned from the country’s political sphere. “He [Murad] should be declared unfit for politics because of his vulgar remarks.”

Murad’s resignation came after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday ordered the lawmaker from Jamalpur to step down.

Criticism against Murad has been mounting since he made untoward remarks on former prime minister and BNP chief Khaleda Zia’s granddaughter.

Late on Sunday, an audio clip of a phone conversation began circulating on social media, in which a man, supposedly Murad, was heard hurling abuses and threatening to rape actor Mahiya Mahi.

Amid calls for his resignation, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obdaiul Quader told the media late on Monday that the prime minister had ordered Murad to resign by the next day.

Murad had also made insulting remarks on Gonoshasthaya Kendra Founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury and former BNP MP Syeda Asifa Ashrafi Papia.

Apart from BNP supporters, women rights groups, feminist organizations, rights activists, academicians and netizens have expressed extreme disappointment over “sexist,” “perverted,” “misogynistic,” “racist,” “obscene” and “objectionable” remarks from a cabinet member.

Earlier, Barrister Mainul Hosein, former adviser to a caretaker government, had to spend 97 days in jail in a defamation case after he had called a female journalist “characterless” during a talk show on live television.

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