Arrest of Lesbian Couple in Bangladesh Sparks International Outcry

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Arrest of Lesbian Couple in Bangladesh Sparks International Outcry

Controversial Arrest Over Same-Sex Relationship

In a recent incident that has captured international attention, two young women from Bangladesh were arrested for their attempt to marry despite societal norms. Asha Sinha, 16, and Liza Akhter, 18, found each other through Facebook and subsequently began a relationship. Facing rejection from their families, they chose to live together in Gopalpur, located approximately 125 kilometers north of Dhaka, the nation’s capital.

Their cohabitation did not go unnoticed in the community, and following complaints from neighbors, the local police intervened. The charges brought against them involve disturbing public order, leading to their arrest and pending prosecution.

Global Human Rights Advocates Respond

The arrest of Sinha and Akhter has led to significant backlash from international human rights groups. Paris-based organizations, JusticeMakers Bangladesh in France (JMBF) and Solidarity International LGBTQI (SIL), have voiced their deep concern and outrage. They argue that the legal actions taken against the couple are unjust and a violation of human rights, based solely on the women’s sexual orientation and their relationship.

These organizations are calling for immediate action to address what they view as discriminatory practices against LGBTQI individuals in Bangladesh, highlighting the need for broader legal and social reforms.

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