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16th amendment let down Bangladesh: Ershad
Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad on Monday bemoaned that Bangladesh was let down across the word due to the 16th constitutional amendment which was ultimately revoked by the apex court.
Talking to reporters at a city hotel, he also voiced deep concern over the growing incidents of rape, violence against women and children and killing in the country.
“Bangladesh was let down to the world for the 16th amendment to the constitution. I think we’re a very unfortunate (nation) that our constitution has almost been eliminated,” Ershad said.
Ershad came to the port city today to attend the annual general meeting of a private bank and a social programme.
Jatiya Party leaders and activists received their chairman as he came out of Hazrat Shah Amanat International Airport around 1:35pm.
Ershad, also the special assistant to the Prime Minister, said the incidents of killing and rape are dominating news in the newspapers every day. “The incidents are happening for lack of good governance in the country.”
“It’s probably a great sin or curse to be born as women in this country. We often hear about empowerment of women which is only limited to Dhaka city. Girls in rural areas have no security,” he observed.
Ershad, a former military ruler, said many incidents of repression on women and children in the country’s different areas remain unreported. “It makes me depressed whatever news we get about the incidents. “Our country’s situation was not so awful in the past.”