DHAKA: A Bangladeshi cricketer was embroiled in controversy on Monday over misogynistic social media posts condemning working women, just days after making a brilliant international debut.
Bowler Tanzim Hasan Sakib held his nerve in the final over of the Asia Cup match against India on Friday to secure victory for Bangladesh.
The resulting adulation for the 20-year-old, though, turned to scorn from women’s rights activists and feminists after his misogynist social media posts came to light.
“If the wife works, the husband’s rights are not ensured,” Tanzim posted on Facebook last year. “If the wife works, the child’s rights are not ensured. If the wife works, her elegance is damaged.
“If the wife works, the family is ruined. If the wife works, the veil is ruined. If the wife works, society is ruined.”
In another post, Tanzim warned men that their sons would not have a “modest” mother if they married “a woman who is accustomed to free mixing with her male friends in a university”.
The comments provoked a backlash, with Paris-based feminist writer Jannatun Nayeem Prity pointing out that the Bangladesh team jerseys were made in factories mostly staffed by women.
Published in Dawn, September 19th, 2023