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How many women freedom fighters and martyrs remain hidden

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Until the list of martyred intellectuals is complete, we will fail to inform the new generation of the names of martyred women intellectuals who died in the liberation war. So far, when looking for martyred women intellectuals in various books or lists, only four names can be found. They are martyred journalist Selina Parveen, martyred poet Merunnessa, martyred teacher Lutfunnahar Helen and martyred doctor Ayesha Bedora Chowdhury. But we all know how many teachers, doctors, writers, poets or cultural activists were killed selectively in Bangladesh during the nine-month liberation war.

Among them, the first three are more or less discussed, but martyred in the liberation war. Not much discussion or information can be found about Ayesha Bedora Chowdhury. She was the female doctor of the then State Bank during the liberation war. Dr. was born on April 6, 1935 in Kolkata. Ayesha. Father Imaduddin Chowdhury, and mother Kaniz Fatema Mahmuda. He was the first child among six siblings. Dr. Ayesha passed MBBS from Calcutta National Medical College and worked for some time under Assam Government. At the age of 21, he passed MBBS with two gold medals from the National Medical College, Calcutta. Joined Dhaka Medical College in 1964. After that, he joined the Dhaka office as a Medical Officer of the then State Bank of East Pakistan. Chemical engineer in 1968. Married to Abul Bashar. His two daughters Mona Lisa and Bellarosa were born in 1969 and 1970. Both daughters are doctors and currently expatriates. He was martyred on December 16, the day of victory in 1971.

During the nine months of the liberation war, he has continuously helped the freedom fighters secretly. Talented doctor Ayesha Bedora Chowdhury supported Dora’s liberation war in heart and soul. During the 1970s, the freedom fighters were not only treated but also provided with shelter, services and essentials. During the war in 1971 Dr. Ayesha was staying in Dhaka. He went above and beyond to treat the war casualties. Medicines, clothes, dry food and money were regularly handed over to the freedom fighters secretly. Cousin Haider Anyar Khan Juno was then fighting in the Shibpur area near Dhaka. He used to take all kinds of help from his sister Dora to other freedom fighters. Dr. Ayesha has been silently active for 9 months of the war and worked for the liberation war, for the country, for the people.

On December 16, 1971, after seeing the victory march of the freedom fighters, he was convinced that the country had won the final victory today. He left in a private car with Hatim Ali Khan, former Chief Engineer of Khalu Roads Department, and aunt Kaniz Fatema Mohsina and brother’s wife Rashida Chapal. They first rushed to the house at 18 Dhanmondi, where Begum Fazilatunnessa and her two daughters were imprisoned. Their intention was to be the first to inform Begum Mujib of the victory. Little did they know that the house was still being guarded by the Pakistani occupation forces. Because the news of the final victory did not reach the Pakistani army at that time. The word of Pakistan’s surrender did not come to anyone then.

Dr. As soon as Ayesha’s car pulled up in front of the house, the brutal Pakistani soldiers opened fire without asking any questions. Continuous firing damaged the vehicle. Suddenly so many bullets started to rain and Dr. Ayesha was injured before she knew anything. He was martyred on the first free day of independence after living in Dhaka facing the enemy for nine months. He has served people all his life, given treatment. But he didn’t get that much time for his life at the last minute. Dr. was killed on the spot. Ayesha. Driver Munir Ahmed was killed along with him. His cousin Hatim Ali Khan was shot in the leg and in the hand of his aunt. The bullet hit the palm of their daughter-in-law’s head. He was saved for a while. Khalu Khalu and their daughter-in-law, who were seriously injured by bullets, came out and took shelter in a nearby house. Later they were sent to the hospital from there.

Dhaka was full of joy, excited. At the same time, when they were going to surrender their weapons, many cheering people were shot dead by the firing of the Pakistani army. There was no room for moles in the hospital that day. Aunt and brother’s wife came to house number 32 in Dhanmondi after treatment at the hospital. Dr. in the balcony of that house. Ayesha’s body was cremated. The city is still blacked out. Therefore, on the morning of December 17, Begum Sufia Kamal, Begum Sayem and Begum Hafiz came to Dr. Bathed Ayesha’s body. It was learned from them that a lock of his hair had been blown off when he was shot in the head. People were not found at that time. In the war-torn new country, everyone is disoriented, so Dr. Ayesha’s body was tied on the roof of the car with a rope and taken to the cemetery. Dora, beloved by the family, was buried in the Azimpur graveyard.

On Victory Day, the Pakistani army carried out a brutal massacre in the capital Dhaka in broad daylight. Dr. became a victim and died prematurely. Ayesha Bedora Chowdhury, on the soil of independent Bangladesh. In the month of victory Dr. Respect and love to all martyrs including Ayesha Bedora Chowdhury Dora.

Author: Shaheed Altaf Mahmud’s son and columnist



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