There was no answer when I asked Sahachori about human
rights. She does not know what human right is. In
Bangladesh the concept of human rights is unknown
to a large section of population. Taking advantage
of this situation some people violate human rights
in various ways to fulfill their personal aggrandizement.
Weak laws and their weaker implementation are the
main culprits for this.
lives in Molanish Para, a backward village in Keraniganj
Thana on the Dhaka Mawa highway, three kilometers
far from Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.
Although it is so close to the capital city modern
development is yet to reach the village. There is
no gas or any source of safe drinking water here.
mother of three children, meets her domestic expenses
with great difficulty. Her husband Angi Sarkar is
a habitual drunkard. He does not share any responsibility
of supporting the family. Sahachori has to toil hard
to feed all members of the family. She owns a small
piece of land on which she grows potatoes. Her children
help grow the crop and sell those in the local market.
They do not go to school. Sahachori finds herself
fighting a losing battle. She is worried about the
future of her children. She wants to send them to
school, but cannot. She does not know whether or not
she can continue the way she has been doing for last
Talukdar is a close relative of her. He works at a
printing press as block designer. With the introduction
of computers printing technology has changed overnight.
As demand for manual block designers is falling rapidly,
he finds his job threatened by the development of
modern science. He does not have a regular job now.
Now he earns only Tk 1,200-15,00 per month which is
not enough to support his family of four. He tries
to get involved with agricultural work.
and Joyanta told us that this desolate path with Kolmi
bushes spread for miles on both sides was not a safe
place. Anyone could be waylaid any time, even in broad
daylight. Some girls, who had come to the place to
see the lonely beauty of the place had been molested
in the past. Snatching and extortion are also very
common. The place has become a safe haven for criminals.
For this reason, the local Chairman has ordered to
cut all the bushes on the roadsides so that criminals
could not ambush passers by. Both Joyanta and Sahachari
were for the time being employed bythe Chairman to
clear the wayside of the Kalmi bush. This however
is a temporary job. It will be over in a few days.
None of the two knows
what will happen to them and their families after
our conversation with them, we wanted to know about
their ideas about the right to have a decent job.
To our great disappointment, we found that they were
not conscious about anything of the sort.
interesting fact that we realised was that the village
had electricity, but most of the households did not
have any connection. The reason was poverty. They
cannot pay for installing meters and fitting wires.
The drum beatings of development will take many more
years to reach this village which is only three kilometers
from the hub of national