Babul MridhaAge 60
4 Sep 2023
Shariatpur, Dhaka (Bangladesh)
TDoR list ref: tgeu/tdor2023/04-Sep-2023/Babul Mridha
Babhul identified as hijra and worked as a drummer. She was stabbed by unidentified assailants who broke into her home.
Paris, France; October 22, 2023: JusticeMakers Bangladesh in France (JMBF), a France-based human rights organization, is deeply concerned about the brutal murder of Babul Mridha (60), a drummer in a transgender Hijra group, in Naria upazila under the Shariyatpur district in Bangladesh.
JMBF demands that the perpetrators be brought to justice under the law by identifying and apprehending those responsible for this heinous act through a prompt, impartial, and transparent investigation and trial.
According to reports published in various newspapers in Bangladesh, Babul Mridha, a self-identified member of a transgender Hijra group, was brutally murdered on the night of September 4th due to her association with the transgender Hijra community.
The incident occurred at the residence of Kadir Khan in the Shubhogram area of Naria city, where Babul lived as a tenant for the last 18 years. Babul identified herself as a "Hijra" and worked as a drummer, living with the Hijra group. Her permanent residence was in the Maishagaon area of Tongibari Upazila in Munshiganj district.
On the 4th of September (Monday), in the middle of the night, unidentified individuals entered Babul's home by breaking a window. They attacked Babul with sharp weapons, severely cutting veins in her left hand and inflicting injuries on various parts of her body. Upon hearing her cries, other transgender Hijra individuals and local residents rushed to the scene. The attackers fled after injuring Babul, who later died due to bleeding from her injuries.
The police recovered the body from the crime scene and conducted a post-mortem examination at Sharitatpur Sadar Hospital. Later, a case in connection with this incident has been registered with the Naria Police Station against unknown individuals.
To date, the police have not uncovered the motives behind the murder, and no one has been arrested in relation to the murder.