Recent rape cases and crisis of moral degradation
The revolution of science and technology has made our life easy and reachable to a new height. But do we ever realize that our moral degradation is making our society ruthless than ever? To what extent barbarism is abolished?
Let's look at the case of Nusrat. She was ruthlessly oppressed by the principal named Sirajuddoula of that madrasha. She was raped and then burnt. When the principal was accused, people in favour of him took out a rally. Nusrat went to the officer in charge at Sonagazi thana. The OC somehow using his mobile, recorded the account of brutality against Nusrat and then it was exposed as viral.
Nusrat tried her level best to protest against her oppression. The girl trying for some days for life strive at the hospital, at last, breathed her last. This incident reflects that we are so-called educated and uncivilized.
A teacher is considered as the maker of the future humanitarian mind. But today we perceive that he has become the killer of human civilization. History depicts how teachers were the mentors, pointers, and leaders of civilization building. Socrates was the teacher of the ancient world. He had better died than being convinced of untrue and injustice. During the liberation war of Bangladesh, teachers played an important role. Specifically, most of the martyred intellectuals on 14th December 1971 were teachers of different schools, colleges, and notably universities. Dr. Abull Khair, Dr. Shantoshchandra Bhattachariya, Gias Uddin etc are mentionable in this regard. They not only enlightened the students' mind but also raised voice against Pakistani oppression.
Among them, Dr Khair wrote in papers and delivered speeches in different conferences. As a result, he was targeted and was killed by Al-Bader regiment. Professor Abdullah Abu Sayeed has been revolting all over Bangladesh for book reading and founded a nobel institution- Bishashahitto Kendra. This institution created a huge number of book-readers around the country, which has paved the way to the enlightenment of the society.
So these are the positive approaches initiated by the teachers. But they are not something strange or differently defined rather all are determined and relevant to the profession.
But the contemporary features in educational institutions sorrowfully redefine the teaching profession whether it is the nation-building workshop or nation destroying one.
Some contemporary case studies show how so-called teachers and teaching institutions are causing various awkward disorders. Parimal, a teacher of renowned school Viqarunnisa Noon School and College of the capital raped a student for several times. He recorded it on his mobile phone and blackmailed the girl. The nation vigorously blamed the teacher society that the conscience of the nation is victimized.
However, only female students are not victims of the sexual harassment in educational institutions rather the male students and female colleagues are also faced with the threat of harassment. Specifically, in residential madrasas, schools and, colleges, the male students are directly or indirectly sexually harassed by hostel tutors or supers.
Many helpless students are bound to be involved in homosexuality. Otherwise, they are mentally and physically tortured. Most of them are from needy families. Then the boys suffer from mental and physical trauma. It also affects the future life of that student.
The female colleagues are not also free from the sexual intrusion by their counterparts. Recently in Kabi Nazrul University, three female teachers alleged against one of the male colleagues.
The contemporary rape cases are making us aware that why these heinous events took place. Many shows such reasons like the unveiled movement of girls, religious apathy, moral degradation, etc are responsible for such acts. But Nusrat killing insists again that the above causes are inapplicable. Because Nusrat was a madrasah student and conventionally she maintained a curtain system. The rapist principal was more or less morally educated. In the above case studies, the culprits are somehow so-called educated. No criterion is equitable here.
Then what is the solution could be applicable. The most possible way of solving the curse is universal acculturalization of the education system. Science and technology-based modern education is the demand for ages. But such education cannot bring changes in the human mind. Purification of mind atrocity is a tough and slow process. Teaching and learning of history, philosophy, literature, cultural heritage make one liberal, knowledgeable and humanistic. The practice of nationality, poetry, music, theatre as well as universal morality can bring changes in the human mind that is basically humanitarian.
Who will be the mentors in this regard? The teachers of educational institutions must be the justified and purified souls. Where the above teachers are found? Then the recruitment system must follow a specific guideline where only educational certificates are not enough to evaluate a teacher rather justification of cultural mind would be ensured. But why a highly cultural and educated person will be attacked to the teaching profession? In it, the state must ensure the highest social status for the teachers. Then the culturally and educationally meritorious students will come to this profession, and they at least would not be inhuman, cruel and notorious. They also would give birth to the future generation. After all, undoubtedly a teacher is a mentor, an idol, a guide, a highlighter.
The writer is a Lecturer, History and Civilization Discipline, Khulna University