The arrest of a film director over depicting police brutality in Bangladesh has exposed the growing threats to freedom of expression in the country. The filmmaker kept a scene in his film in which the policemen were brutally interrogated by a rape victim. His questions also exposed his heartless attitude towards women suffering from violence. This aroused deep resentment in the Bangladesh police. The filmmaker of Nawab LLB is finally arrested.
This courtroom drama titled ‘Nawab LLB’ was released in mid-December. A scene of this went viral on social media last week. This led to criticism of the role of the police in rape cases. The angry police arrested 34-year-old director Anono Mamoon and 46-year-old actor Shaheen Mrida, who played the policemen in the film, on Friday. Police said in its statement that in the film, the police officer is shown questioning in very aggressive tone and vulgar language. It is against healthy entertainment. Also, it tarnishes the image of the police.
The film director and actor have been accused of making films with pornographic content. According to local media reports, the police is also going to arrest 27-year-old actress Orchita Sporsia, who played the role of the rape victim in the film. Police officials have told the media that the film has insulted the entire police force. The currents imposed on the film director and actor, if proved, could lead to imprisonment for up to seven years.
Only the first half of the film was released this month. The next part was scheduled to be released in January. The film was streamed on five local Internet platforms. Bangladesh activists and human rights organizations have been upset by the arrest of the filmmakers. Social activist Rezaur Rahman Lenin told a newspaper here that these arrests are part of the ongoing attacks on artistic freedom.
Activists say that at the time of increasing sexual violence on women in the country, the police is targeting artists to hide their failure. Social workers have referred to a recently released report in this regard. In that report it was told that in the first nine months of this year, about 1000 women became victims of rape. 423 women were murdered after being raped. For this reason, in October this year, the government amended the rape law and now the provision of punishment-a-death has been made for the culprits. Activists say that instead of trying to control this serious situation, targeting the artists who exposed the situation reveals the anti-women thinking of Bangladesh Police.