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Bangladesh: Singer arrested due to alleged anti-Islamic remarks

24 January 2020
Image: Bangladesh Flag / Nicolas Raymond on Flickr

 

UPDATE 

05 February 2020

A Tangail court has rejected folk singer Shariat Sarker’s bail plea, reported Risingbd on 29 January.

The singer was arrested for allegedly making anti-Islamic remarks.

 

24 January 2020

Bangladesh: Singer arrested due to alleged anti-Islamic remarks

On 11 January, Bangladeshi folk singer Shariat Sarker was arrested in Tangail because of alleged anti-Islamic remarks, reported Dhaka Tribune.

According to New Age, the case was filed by an Imam under Digital Security Act and was claiming that Shariat Sarker’s performance held in Dhamrai, Dhaka on 24 December 2019 had hurt the Islamic religious sentiment.

A legal representative of the detained musician Shahanur Islam Saikot told Freemuse that the use of Digital Security Act relates to the live concert recorded and broadcasted on Youtube. 

After the arrest, a Tangail court announced three-day police custody to ensure legitimate investigation. Sarker’s followers and family showed up at the last day of his detention to show support.

Shariat’s brother Marfat Sarker told New Age that his brother is a devoted Muslim and that is why he could not make offensive comments about Islam.

On 17 January 2020, cultural activists protested against Sarker’s arrest and demanded an immediate release of the artist.

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