‘Ishrat wasn’t wearing a Hijab…was hacked to death’: Facebook eulogy of Dhaka attack victim goes viral

A Kolkata-based professor writes a heart-rending Facebook eulogy for his friend in Dhaka, who was one of the victims of the July 1 terrorist attack.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 4, 2016 7:04 pm
dhaka attack, dhaka restaurant attack, ishrat akhond, facebook viral post, dhaka fb post viral, ishrat fb post, dhaka attack victims, tarishi jain Not only has the post received an overwhelming response from friends who knew Ishrat, but also those who were outraged at the attack. (Source: Aloke Kumar/Facebook)

Everyone’s shaken up after the brutal attack at the Dhaka restaurant which resulted in the death of 20 innocent people. Messages of shock, despair and outrage flowed in from people across the world, as people shook their head in disbelief at the attack that happened soon after Istanbul airport attack just a couple of days back.

People called out to humanity and the basic tenets of Islam that speak of peace and brotherhood while condemning the brutal nature of the attack in Dhaka late on Friday night. Social media – as always – became a medium to send out the love and tears of people affected and horrified. Among those, one of the voices that has touched the hearts of many is of Kolkata-based professor Aloke Kumar.

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Kumar, who was friends with one of the victims of the Friday night attack – Dhaka-based HR professional Ishrat Akhond – wrote a heart-rending eulogy to Ishrat, condemning the attackers and remembering his friend.

“My friend Ishrat was brutally tortured and killed by terrorist in a Dhaka restaurant yesterday when she was there with several Italian Fashion Designer.
Most of the Muslim Bangladeshis were spared after they identified themselves and recited lines from the Koran. Ishrat who was not wearing a Hijab and neither wanted to prove herself was hacked to death with a machete”, he wrote in his Facebook post, which has subsequently gone viral with hundreds of shares and reactions from people across the world.

Kumar, who is a professor of communication at the University of Calcutta, goes on to talk about the other victims, including Indian student Tarishi Jain. Here’s the full text of his post:

“ISHRAT no more
My friend Ishrat was brutally tortured and killed by terrorist in a Dhaka restaurant yesterday when she was there with several Italian Fashion Designer.
Most of the Muslim Bangladeshis were spared after they identified themselves and recited lines from the Koran. Ishrat who was not wearing a Hijab and neither wanted to prove herself was hacked to death with a machete.
Twenty other foreign hostages were also hacked to death with sharp weapons by terrorists during a dramatic siege at an upmarket Dhaka restaurant that ended in a bloodbath today morning.
The majority of the victims were from Italy and Japan. There was one young girl. A student from India Tarushi Jain. No Britons have yet been confirmed among the casualties. Two Sri Lankans and one Japanese hostage were rescued, along with around a dozen Bangladeshis.
Six of the attackers were shot dead and one captured during the raid on the Holey Artisan Bakery, an expatriates’ favourite.
I am devastated on hearing the news as I was in touch with her periodically. She had come down to Calcutta last September and we had discussed my possible Lecture tour of the Universities of Bangladesh. This was scheduled to begin in the Fall Semester.
Usually my notes are long but today I have run out of words.
Love you Ishrat, wherever you are.”

Not only has the post received an overwhelming response from friends who knew Ishrat, but also those who were outraged at the attack. One Facebook user quoted a passage from Les Miserable, which seemed very apt: “Teach the ignorant as much as you can; society is culpable in not providing a free education for all and it must answer for the night which it produces. If the soul is left in darkness sins will be committed. The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but he who causes the darkness.”

Another called out people to do something, questioning whether there will be a fallout of all this outrage, or will this post remain as just another Facebook memory.

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Though there is much truth to the agitated list of questions by the latter Facebook commentor, what this post brings to the fore is that there are friends beyond borders and beyond religion. Maybe there is humanity yet, that will win this war against terrorism.

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    Abhihek
    Jul 3, 2016 at 4:16 pm
    Pata nahin Pak Ramadan ka mahina hai yeh yaan Katley aam ka... Na Insaan mehsoof Na Jaanwar.... 1400 saalon se bhatak rahey hain yeh haiwaan dharti pey...
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      Ashis
      Jul 3, 2016 at 1:47 pm
      Have you ever read the quran ? For Muslims you are a kafir and deserve to get raped and beheaded.
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        IML sood
        Jul 3, 2016 at 2:13 pm
        The big Q is what their religious book Quran says about non Muslim, do they oppose that?If not result is before the world.Do we hear any voice raised by anyone in that community to change these orthodox views.Only feeble response or telling the world that this religion is for peace does fit with incidents world has witnessed recently.Some drastic steps needed to put them on right path or future is full of volience by these misguided Islam fanatics.
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          Usha jha
          Jul 5, 2016 at 1:47 am
          We are really feeling bad ., after Turkey Bangladesh cruel incident shaken up.lt;br/gt;Terrorist has no religion.
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            Atmaram Sawant
            Jul 3, 2016 at 2:55 pm
            Congress should start promoting Koran reading and Burqa to save non muslims from such attacks.
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              Piyush
              Jul 3, 2016 at 6:25 pm
              with soooo many muslims around the world..muslims in danger wont sell...so "islam in danger" is sold...howcome with so many muslim majority nations, is islam in danger ?? the islam was never a peaceful religion, a toxic mix of religion and politics of prophet..
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                Navdeep
                Jul 3, 2016 at 8:27 pm
                Did anyone invade bangladesh? Forget trying to make things better you are not even acdepting there is a problem. Put everything on west, israel and what not just to justify that these are not ppl killing in name of islam !! How do u justify them singling out non muslims and killing them?
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                Abhivadan Vashisht
                Jul 3, 2016 at 4:09 pm
                Would anyone still say terrorism has no religion ??? It sure has a religion that is killing lakhs all over the world and we all know which religion it is.
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