United News International (UNI) – Social media has been invaded with claims of sexual assault amid student-led protests that have catapulted Bangladesh into the international spotlight.
Over the last week, high school and college students have hit the streets demanding better traffic laws — angered over the deaths of two teens killed by a reckless bus driver.
However, the protests have turned violent as claims of rape and beatings by the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) have spread like wildfire.
It’s a claim the BCL vehemently denies.
However, the Daily Star reported on Aug. 5 that an editor for its Star Weekend magazine was sexually assaulted while covering the student protests.
Sushmita S. Preetha said she was “molested” by some ruling party men.
Preetha said while she was filming the protest on a footbridge, the men began shouting at her.
The editor said she deleted the footage, but amid the chaos, the men touched and groped her while hurling abusive language at her.