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Published:May 23rd, 2010 20:34 EST
Pain of Love: Infringement of Human Rights in Bangladesh

Pain of Love: Infringement of Human Rights in Bangladesh

By Md Mahmudul Hasan, Immigration Lawyer, Dhaka, Bangladesh

This is not merely an article this is also the reflection of the drops of the eye of the writer as well as the symbol of infringement of violation of human rights in Bangladesh. Love is a diversified term which contains several meanings but in this regard we can think love as the natural attraction between male and female in order to get them closer and to make a family or other. Many poets, writers, scientists, psychologists have defined this term "love" as per their ideology and experiment in their visible or invisible laboratory.

However, there are two different practical field of application love in Muslim and non-Muslim countries as well as South Asian and Western countries. The concept of love in Muslim countries is different rather than Non-Muslim or western countries. In case of the culture of western counties or almost all Non-Muslim countries love indicates mental attraction which can also turn in to physical relationship easily and can found family swiftly because of proper application of Article 16 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


That is why during love, the western people can enjoy their full liberty to enjoy their mental and physical sensation easily and to form a family but in case of culture of Muslim Countries and South Asian countries where physical relationship before marriage is strictly prohibited that is why lovers have to wait for marriage. If this matter would be finished at this stage, no problem would be occurred. But, problem is that in case of South Asian countries especially in Bangladesh parents basically never bother the choice of their son or daughter during the time of their marriage. They give marriage of their son and daughter against their choice or consent.


As result, a male or female basically cannot marry his or her beloved one which pains them seriously in the rest of their life. In many cases the male or female commit suicide because of missing his/her beloved one to marry for the interference of their family. In Bangladesh nearly fifty people commit suicide every year because of missing their beloved one for the interference of their family.


Interestingly all most all human rights organizations and State established National Human Rights Commission are completely silent and toothless-tiger  regarding this matter likelihood this is because, they are also honorable practitioner of this violation of human rights in case of their family life.


Although Bangladesh signed "Universal Declaration of Human Rights(UDHR)" and according to Article 16(1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.2) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses. 3) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.

In Bangladesh, we love to talk about human rights but basically this is for slogan and to get donation from Donor countries. But in practice nothing is being done. The result of violation of Article 16 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights is very much dangerous.


The violation of Article 16 diverting the male and female in serious pain for the rest of their life, committing suicide, taking drugs, disrespect to parents-imposed husband and wife. Frankly speaking, the violation of these rights under Article 16 is also liable for the repression of women in Bangladesh. It is to be noted that the people of Bangladesh are basically too much emotional and in case of love, they love their beloved one more than their life otherwise they could not commit suicide while missing their beloved to marry.


Actually, the people of Bangladesh are mentally not too much professional and they like to be pleased on that what they have. However, being failed to marry their beloved one male or female basically the male cannot accept their parents-imposed wife mentally although in some cases they are bound to show the society that everything is ok. But as the hidden truth or the news behind curtain nothing is ok. They cannot love their parents-imposed wife properly because of serious attraction on their marriage before girlfriend. In this regard generally they cannot endure general mistakes of their parents-imposed wife. This matter basically turns to the repression of wife in Bangladesh.


This information may be looked as artificial to someone but this is the hidden truth in case of Bangladesh which is written by the writer of this Article from his practical observation from the society of Bangladesh. As the son of a Lawyer Family and being itself a Law Graduate, the writer has vast experience regarding rural, urban, town society of Bangladesh.

The writer himself is not beyond to taste this pain as the violation of Article 16 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in his own life. During his LL.B (Hons) life he would like/love one of his classmate girls. However, finally that classmate politely compromised that she has other that is why formally the matter was dissolved.


However, later while working for the establishment of Human Rights the writer was introduced with another activist Shayeka Sultana Hemal student of LL.B (Hons). Truly the writer engaged in love with this girl and it was a real love containing purity, romance, sensation, preparation to form a family. But unfortunately the Parents of this girl Contractor Md. Helal Uddin and Dr.Sonia Parvin of PTI Road Area, Patuakhali District, Bangladesh are forcing their matured daughter Shayeka Sultana Hemel  to give marriage against her consent.


It has said before this violation that means violation of Article 16 of UDHR turns the people in depression, frustration and liable for suicide and drug-addiction in Bangladesh. Actually without staying in Bangladesh a long time, no-one can apprehend the emotion of the people of Bangladesh. Although the writer is in serious pain and cannot give guarantee to the beloved world community whether he will become drug-addicted to forget this pain or not. However, with tears the writer is requesting the world community to come forward to establish Article 16 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in Bangladesh.


Almost all Human Rights Organizations including sate-established National Human Rights Commission are completely inactive regarding the establishment of Article 16 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in Bangladesh. The Donor Countries should also supervise about the use of their money by different Human Rights organizations in Bangladesh. Bangladesh would be freed from the violation of Article 16 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR); this is the expectation of the writer of this Article with tears having serious pain in mind.