Education Minister Mahibul Hasan Chowdhury Naufel has commented that there is a tendency to create anarchy by using the religion of a group. He said this to reporters after a courtesy meeting with French Ambassador to Bangladesh Mary Masdupoui at the secretariat on Tuesday afternoon.
In response to reporters’ questions about the BRAC University controversy, the Education Minister said, ‘I saw a video on social media. I will discuss what exactly happened with BRAC University through the University Grants Commission.’
Regarding the controversy over the Sharifa story, Naufel said, ‘I will discuss it with my colleagues in the National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB). If there is a reaction through a story, the why should also be explored. In our country, whether a group uses religion or religious sentiments, there is a tendency to create anarchy or destabilize the situation at various times. There was this controversy last year as well. Some recommendations were given to me a few days ago from an organization, some teachers of Qaumi Madrasa came. There they claimed, the word transgender has been used here. When we discussed it, we saw that the word is not transgender, but the word is third gender.’
The education minister also said, ‘Third gender i.e. those known as hijras in the society is legally recognized. They are citizens of the country. They have civil rights. However, if there is such confusion and attempt to create controversy in the presentation of the story, then we will discuss with the experts whether the presentation of the story can be changed. If there is any other opportunity in the presentation respecting them then the experts will give opinion on it. If there is any controversy or confusion in the presentation, some changes may be made if experts think so.’