Dr Samina Lutfa, a political sociologist, an Oxford university doctorate and assistant professor of the Department of Sociology, Dhaka University is concurrently researching for "Bangladesh Mohila Parishod " on female garment workers.
The recent Tuba Garments workers protest incident being directly associated with her research compelled her to the aid of the workers during their hunger strike. The reason behind the protest, as we all know, was the workers' demanding three months outstanding wages and festival allowance. But her effort went in vain as she went to the spot to provide them with saline and water when she was stopped by the police.
According to Lutfa and many others, like Saydia Gulrukh and Md Ali Haider (Lutfa's spouse) who were there to express their solidarity, the police did not allow them to the floor where the hunger striking workers were stationed and the building was locked up.
During the turmoil Saydia Gulrukh, an anthropologist, also came under attack. The attackers who used hands and sticks to intimidate them where identified by Lutfa as goons hired by the Tuba owner. Despite repeatedly identifying herself saying, "I am a DU teacher" she was attacked and assaulted by females belonging to the hired gang. The incident took place in broad day light in front of media personnel and an observant police force. Lutfa says, "Badda police station did not take our FIR but I plan to take legal action. That is my right."