A Bangladeshi film director has been arrested and charged after a scene that featured police harshly questioning a rape victim and clarifying views on violence against women in the host country that boosted strength. the force.
The first half of Nabab LLB, a fictional drama in the courtroom about the rape and treatment of victims by megastar star Shakib Khan, was published on a local streaming service in mid – December.
The scene from the film directed by Anonno Mamun went viral on social media last week, with criticism directed at the police about how they handled the case.
He angered the force, with Mamun, 34, and the actor who played the policeman, Shaheen Mridha, 46, arrested on Friday.
“The officer questioned him using highly offensive gestures and obscene language that is against healthy entertainment and will create negative attitudes about policing among the public,” Dhaka Metropolitan Police said on their news portal.
The statement said the two were arrested “for making and acting in a film in which communication was so offensive and obscene”.
They went on trial on Friday and were charged with “making a film with pornographic content” over a different scene revealing the sexual assault, police said.
Officials said they were also trying to play Orchita Sporshia, the 27-year-old actress who suffered the rape.
A senior police officer told AFP on Saturday that the film was “a disgrace to the whole force”.
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“The plot is completely fabricated and unpleasant. It is based on complete lies,” said the officer, who asked to remain anonymous.
The opposing pair will face up to seven years in prison if convicted.
Films are usually scrutinized by the country’s censorship board but rules for streaming service offerings have not yet been finalized.
Bangladesh has five local streaming platforms, including the recently launched iTheatre, which has been released Nabab LLB. The second part of the film is due to be released in early January.
The arrestees were denied by rights activists, who said the film rightly reflected the struggles of rape victims in Bangladesh’s legal system.
“These arrests are nothing new but a continuation of attacks on artistic freedom,” protester Rezaur Rahman Lenin told AFP.
Protesters say violence against women is on the rise in Bangladesh.
According to local human rights group Ain-o-Salish Kendra (ASK), between April and August more than 630 rape cases were reported, with 29 women killed after the attack while five others took their own lives .
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