Fundamentalists ask govt to stop all women sports
A religious extremists party warned the government to stop all women sports in the country. The law enforcing agencies successfully halted in Saturday their scheduled gherao programme of the National Sports Council (NSC), the apex body of Bangladesh sports, in demand of cessation of the ongoing women's football tournament.
Leaders of the Islamic Shashantantra Andolon (Islami Constitution Movement-ICM) threatened the government that they would take strong stand unless the women sports events are not stopped immediately. The ICM started their violent protest when Bangladesh Football Federation assumed women football tournament on October 4, 2004.
The Jamaat-i-Islami, the co-sharer of the BNP led alliance government similarly reacted on women sporting events and asked the government to stop such sporting activities. “Our demonstrations will continue against all sorts of women sports,” ICM leaders told a meeting, cordoned by police near Baitul Mukarram national mosque. “We will strike at the point wherever women sports across the country. We will resist these sporting activities at any cost,” said the ICM leaders. The fundamentalists, earlier, resisted in holding a women wrestling tournament in July this year.
(Source: The Bangladesh Observer, October 10, 2004)
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