Protesting nurses under the cosh
Address their genuine grievances
We are aghast by reports that at least 50 nurses were injured when the police charged batons and used water cannons on protestors who had attempted to lay siege on the health minister’s residence in the capital. That the female protestors should be dispersed in such a violent manner, instead of having their grievances listened to, fills us with dismay, particularly as their demands could easily be addressed peacefully by the minister who had promised them a meeting with the PM, but has not been able to arrange that.
Worse still, following the altercation, cases were filed against 1400 unidentified nurses for “preventing the law enforcers to do their duties.” Reportedly, the nurses threw brickbats at the police, which we deplore, when charged with water cannons, but why, we ask, was the situation allowed to reach such a state? Several hundred nurses have been demonstrating since early April following a Public Service Commission circular on March 28, regarding recruitment of nurses which stated that the applicants must be below 36 and have Bachelor of Science degree or diploma in nursing to be eligible for taking the recruitment test. The protestors are demanding that nurses should be recruited based on merit and seniority, and that the prerequisite for the exam discriminates against those who are older. We feel that with an acute shortage of well trained nurses in thecountry, the new criterion will make the situation worse.
The government should listen to the concernsof the protesting nurses, rather than attempt to silence them through violent means or intimidate them through filing of cases.
The Daily star Editorial : 03-06-16
প্রথমে শব্দার্থগুলো পড়ে নিন
Under the Cosh: নির্যাতনের শিকার (Subjected to pressure)
Grievance:অভিযোগ(Complaint, Allegation, Discontent)
Baton:পুলিশের বেঁটে মোটা লাঠি বিশেষ
Lay siege: অবরোধ করা (to surround a place in order to force)
Disperse:বিক্ষিপ্ত করা, বিভিন্ন স্থানে ছড়িয়ে পড়া (Scatter, Dissipate)
Dismay:আতঙ্ক (Panic, Fear, Terror)
Altercation:ঝগড়াঝাঁটি, কথা কাটাকাটি (Contention, Dispute)
Deplore:পরিতাপ করা,দুঃখপ্রকাশ করা (Sorrow, Regret)
Demonstrate:প্রদর্শন করা(Show, Display)
Prerequisite:পূর্বে অবশ্য পূরণীয় (something that must exist or happen before something else can exist or happen)