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Rokeya Hall girls postpone hunger strike

They give 24-hr ultimatum for reelection to hall union, resignation of provost

Published : Friday, 15 March, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 587
DU Correspondent

The students of Rokeya Hall, who began fast unto death on Wednesday demanding reelection to the hall union and resignation of hall provost Prof Zinat Huda, postponed their programme on Thursday night.
They gave a 24-hour ultimatum to the hall provost to summit her resignation letter and announce a fresh schedule for hall union polls.
They made the announcement at a press conference after the hall provost, DU proctor and newly elected DUCSU leaders failed to persuade the students to end their hunger strike.
Rafia Sultana, one of the strikers, said, "We have postponed our hunger strike as two of our fall sick. If our demands are not met in the next 24 hours, we will announce a tougher agitation programme".
Hall provost Prof Zeenat Huda, DU Proctor AKM Golam Rabbani, newly elected DUCSU VP, GS AGS and others members came to the protesters at around 9:30pm. They persuaded the students to withdraw their hunger strike, but to no effect.
Two strikers---Rafia Sultana and Sheikh Sayeeda Afrin Shafi fell sick and took primary treatment from Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH)
Earlier on the day, Nurul Haq Nur, newly elected Vice-President of Dhaka University Central Students' Union (DUCSU), and leaders of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) expressed their solidarity with the demands of the strikers.
Meanwhile, six other students at the base of Raju Sculpture near TSC continued their hunger strike for the third consecutive day on Thursday demanding a fresh election to DUCSU and hall unions.
They said they would not go back until their demands were met.
"We would rather die but won't quit until our demands are met," Al Mahmud Taha, one of the participants of the hunger strike, said.
"Almost 72 hours have passed but none of the authorities came to visit us. The question of meeting our demands seems a far cry," Taha added.
Nur along with other leaders of the Student Rights Protection Council came to the hunger strikers at Rokeya Hall on Thursday afternoon and expressed solidarity with them, terming their demand logical.
They also demanded removal of the hall provost as she lost moral rights to retain her post
Nur said the university authorities should take action against those who showed disrespect to the girls of DU and harass them.
Mostafizur Rahman, vice president candidate from JCD panel, also expressed solidarity with the girls and pledged to take the movement forward with them.

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