At Dhaka University (DU), 18 students have been tortured in the last five months. Besides, three journalists and two photo journalists were also tortured. It has been alleged that the leaders and activists of the ruling student organization Chhatra League have played a role behind these tortures.
The human rights group Student Against Torture (SAT) made the announcement at a press conference held at the Dhaka University Press Association on Monday (February 28th). The report is based on information published in the media and talking to victims.
The staff of the organization said, “We are submitting this report to the university administration so that every incident of torture is investigated and effective administrative and legal action is taken against the perpetrators. To this end, I am proposing to the university administration to make an administrative rule and law against guestroom abuse.”
In a written statement at the press conference, Saleh Uddin Sifat, the founder of the organization, said, “We see the ongoing torture, oppression and violence in the educational institutions of Bangladesh as a violation of human rights. It is the responsibility of the state as well as the authorities of public universities in Bangladesh as an autonomous institution or educational institution to ensure that students will not be subjected to any torture, cruel or inhumane punishment. . But we are deeply concerned that the human rights of students in the universities of Bangladesh are being grossly violated. The highest rates of torture are in the guest rooms of residential halls. Which is also silently depriving the oppressed students of their right to education.”