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Elderly men humiliated for not wearing mask

Mobile court action draws flak

Jashore AC Land withdrawn

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Staff Reporter :
Assistant commissioner (land) Sayeema Hasan, whose photos of publicly humiliating three elderly people for not wearing masks  triggered outrage among citizens, has been withdrawn, the Ministry of Public Administration has confirmed.
She was withdrawn from Jashore and attached to the Divisional Commissioner's Office in Khulna, Shaikh Yusuf Harun, Secretary of the ministry, told the media on Saturday.
In two photos, that have gone viral on social media, Sayeema Hasan, the former AC land in Jashore's Monirampur upazila, is seen taking photos with her mobile phone of the elderly men holding their ears.
On Friday at Chinetola kitchen market in Monirampur, Sayeema humiliated the elderly men -- one van puller, one vegetable vendor and one bicycle rider who reportedly came to buy groceries -- by making them hold their ears.
The former AC land was trying to ensure through a mobile court that people were practicing   social distancing -- enforced to stop the spread of coronavirus. The three elderly men and several others were punished in the same way for not wearing masks.
Sayeema did not give any explanation of her action, when approached by journalists.
The deputy commissioner (DC) of Jashore had been directed to investigate the matter and submit a report within the shortest possible time, the secretary said.
"Further action will be taken upon after getting the report and reopening of office on April 5. Monirampur UNO will apologise to the three men on behalf of the administration and will provide them with masks and financial assistance, if needed," the DC said.
"The incident is unfortunate and we are looking into it," said Ahsan Ullah Sharif, Upazila Nirbahi Officer of Monirampur.
Mohammad Shafiul Arif, Deputy Commissioner of Jashore, said, "I have seen the photos. She cannot do this, it is not acceptable. A show-cause letter will be issued to her." UNO seeks apology
UNO seeks apology
Our Correspondent adds: Meanwhile, Jashore's Monirampur Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Ahsanullah Sharif went to the houses of the three elderly men who were humiliated by AC land Sayeema Hasan for not wearing masks on Friday afternoon.
The UNO went to their houses in Chinatola area and sought apology.
Sharif also offered each of their families 10 kg of rice and requested them to stay at home safely. He also requested them to contact him when their stock of food goes exhausted.
The Monirampur UNO apologised to the three men on behalf of the administration.
"The incident is unfortunate and we are looking into it," said Sharif.

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