Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. File photo
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called upon the female journalists to protest Barrister Mainul Hosein's "abusive remarks" on journalist Masuda Bhatti.
She made the call while replying to a query of a female journalist during today's press briefing.
She said: "He[Mainul] floated a political party jointly with the killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman just after his assassination. So, we cannot expect him to behave politely. "
"I would suggest the female journalists filing a defamation case against Barrister Mainul and we will see the matter afterward," she added.
Addressing the female journalists present during the press meet, she further said: "You all should protest this. You must protest. "
Referring to Mainul's presence at a programme of Chhatra Shibir, the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, the PM further said: "Masuda asked a normal question and that was not a crime. He joined the programme of Shibir, so what else can one ask?"
Barrister Mainul Hosein faced a lawsuit for hurling abusive words at journalist Masuda Bhatti and terming her “characterless” at a television talk show on October 16.
Fifty-five eminent editors and senior journalists have called upon Barrister Mainul Hosein to apologise publicly for his remarks on the female journalist.