Days after making an outstanding debut for his country, a Bangladeshi cricket player found himself entangled in controversy on Monday due to sexist social media statements criticizing working women.
When the neighbors squared up in the Asia Cup on Friday, bowler Tanzim Hasan Sakib struck out India skipper Rohit Sharma with only his fourth delivery in international cricket. Sakib then held his composure in the final over to seal victory for Bangladesh.
As a consequence, the 20-year-old was praised, but once his misogynistic social media remarks were exposed, feminists and women’s rights advocates mocked him.
Tanzim said on Facebook last year, “The husband’s rights are not ensured if the wife works.” “The rights of the kid are not protected if the woman works. The wife’s elegance is compromised if she works.
“If the woman is employed, the family will fail. It ruins the veil if the wife works. Society would collapse if the wife works.”
The bulk of workers at Bangladesh’s garment factories, which have been a key contributor to the country’s recent economic boom, are women.
But in the nation where Muslims make up the majority, traditional patriarchal views are still pervasive.
Tanzim cautioned men in a different post that if they married “a woman who is accustomed to free mixing with her male friends in a university,” their boys would not have a “modest” mother.
The Bangladeshi team shirts were manufactured in facilities mostly run by women, feminist writer Jannatun Nayeem Prity, who lives in Paris, pointed out in response to the remarks that sparked outrage.
She went on, “I’m sorry you don’t think of your mother as a regular human being.”
In a widely circulated Facebook post, writer Swakrito Noman called the remarks “deeply offensive” and demanded that Tanzim’s apology and a questioning of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) be made.
Journalist Mejbaul Haque continued on Monday, saying: “It is disgusting that sexism can be that perverted. regardless of how well-known he is.”
Check out the BCB’s investigation page.
“We were aware of the problem. We are investigating the situation, Jalal Yunus, the head of cricket operations, told AFP.
Tanzim’s brief senior career has seen him participate in 12 first-class games after helping Bangladesh win the 2020 Under-19 World Cup.