The incident of cutting the hair of 14 students by a teacher of Rabindra University (Robi) has been brought to the notice of the High Court. The court fixed Wednesday (September 29) for the hearing.
Justice Md. Mojibur Rahman Mia and Justice. The High Court bench comprising Kamrul Hossain Mollah passed the order.
Farhana Yasmin Baten, chairman and assistant proctor of Rabindra University’s Cultural Heritage and Bangladesh Studies Department in Sirajganj, was standing in front of the examination hall at noon on Sunday (September 26) when she entered the final examination hall of the first year political science subject. When the students enter the hall, he cuts the hair on the front part of the head of those whose hair is caught in the palm of his hand with scissors. In this way, he cut the hair of 14 students one by one. He then scolded the students’ families during the exams. The students were emotionally broken. The students started posting on social media Facebook in protest of the incident.
Protesting against the incident, teacher Farhana Yasmin Baten called first-year student Nazmul Hasan Tuhin to her chambers, insulted him and threatened to expel him from the university permanently. Fearing this, Tuhin closed the door of his room at Shahmakhdum Hostel in Dwariyapur around 8 pm and tried to commit suicide by taking sleeping pills. At around 8 pm, his classmates found him unconscious and took him to Shahjadpur Upazila Health Complex and later to Enayetpur Khwaja Yunus Ali Medical College. He is currently undergoing treatment at the hospital. His condition is still reported to be critical.
After the incident, the students got angry and rushed to the Robi campus at night to protest. The protest lasted till late at night. Later on Tuesday morning, when they started protesting again, the Robi Campus student movement became agitated.
After the incident, the accused teacher Farhana Yasmin Baten resigned from three posts in the university. However, the students demanded the permanent removal of the teacher. They have declared a hunger strike for this.
Later, when the incident was reported in the media, lawyer Humayun Kabir Pallab brought it to the notice of the court.