UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL — Shahidul Alam has become the face of tens of thousands of young people pressing for change in Bangladesh.
The famed photographer and activist has spent the last several days in police custody for speaking out against the government.
People around the world have come to his defense and called for his immediate release.
His wife even lodged a writ petition challenging his detention and also accused police of torturing her husband.
According to local reports, the High Court on Aug. 9 ordered officials to examine Alam to see whether he’s been mentally tortured.
Under section 2 of the Torture and Custodial Death Act of 2013, torture is illegal.
The 63-year-old was just released on Wednesday from the hospital and sent back to custody after he was reportedly found to be in good health.
The Daily Star meanwhile reported the government has filed a petition of its own with the Supreme Court seeking to overturn the High Court’s order.