[Smoking is damaging to health.]
A young lady, sitting with a man, was smoking close to Rajshahi's Circuit House Road – a public space where individuals go to loosen up – on Sunday morning.
Out of nowhere, a man showed up on the scene and began yelling at the lady, requesting that her leave right away.
Before long, some different men went along with him in reproaching the lady for "smoking in a public spot".
A video of the episode that circulated around the web via online media yesterday indicated the man consistently and inconsiderately advising the lady to put out her cigarette and leave.
The young lady attempted to contend, asking the one who was yelling what it was that she had fouled up. She brought up that there were a few men close by who were smoking similarly as she seemed to be.
The horde that conformed to the lady and her companion began getting stronger and at one phase she needed to leave, embarrassed.
While she was leaving, somebody in the horde was heard saying that "this sort of impolite conduct is a purpose behind assault".
The video likewise shows a young defending the lady and scrutinizing the men obnoxiously mishandling her, finding out if they have any position to prevent the lady from smoking.
He likewise confronted the horde's fierceness.
The one who began irritating the young lady for smoking was recognized as Shahid Hossain Barek, sorting out secretary of the city's Rajpara unit of Awami League.
Conversing with The Daily Star sometime in the afternoon, he denied annoying the lady and said that he had "obligingly requested that her put off her cigarette and leave the spot".
"The circumstance turned more terrible when she responded seriously," he said.
Barek likewise said that he went to request that her leave all alone and he was not coordinated to do this by anybody, adding that a portion of local people had grumbled to him about her smoking.
He said he functions as a contractual worker at Public Works Department and the episode occurred before the PWD office.
"We, PWD contractual workers, generally stay there. I felt upset, seeing her smoking. In our general public, ladies don't smoke," he added.
Ladies' privileges activists in Rajshahi are stating that the occurrence was not a disconnected case; rather, it was important for a developing, upsetting pattern occurring in various city territories throughout the most recent couple of years.
Men, either in gatherings or alone, are focusing on ladies and hassling them for not after what they allude to as "socially adequate conduct", they said.
At first, such episodes of pestering ladies were restricted to Rajshahi University grounds however bit by bit, comparable occurrences began occurring in Uposhohor and Lakshmipur, said Prof Mahbuba Kaniz, general secretary of Rajshahi University unit of Bangladesh Mohila Parishad.
Toward the beginning of November, Rajshahi's Rabindra Sangeet Sammiloni Parishad general secretary Monira Mithi posted on Facebook, expressing that a few ladies in burqa bugged her in broad daylight for not covering her head.
Conversing with The Daily Star, she said she was bugged multiple times over the most recent two years.
"I have been living in this city for a very long while. The ongoing provocations are very new to me," she said.
She portrayed her most recent involvement with Uposhohor New Market on November 7.
At the point when she was purchasing vegetables, she saw a few ladies in burqa were taking a gander at her.
At the point when she glanced back at them, one of them inquired as to whether she was a Hindu.
She answered that she was a person.
The lady at that point reprimanded her for not covering her head notwithstanding being a Muslim, she said.
Under Mithi's Facebook post, approximately 88 people – generally ladies – remarked and a large number of them shared their experience of being bugged in various city territories in the range of the last two-three years.
One Mitalee Sarker composed that she and her mom experienced comparative badgering while at the same time shopping at Shaheb Bazar.
Nibedita Chatterjee composed such episodes happened to her in spite of wearing shankha – bangles which Hindu ladies generally wear.
When reached, Rajshahi Metropolitan Police's representative and Additional Deputy Commissioner Golam Ruhul Kuddus said such occurrences were never answered to the police.
"Rajshahi city is relatively more secure than different urban communities in the nation and the city's police are dynamic in keeping up this status," he stated, asking why such occurrences have not been accounted for regardless of happening for quite a long time.
Pestering individuals and loudly manhandling them are not kidding wrongdoings according to law, he said and added, whenever revealed, police will make a move.