The Central Shaheed Minar is the ultimate symbol of our glorious Language Movement, which paved the way for our liberation movement. However, it is shameful that we have not been able to preserve the sanctity of this place.
The state of Shaheed Minar all year round speaks volumes of the extent of neglect. Hordes of people are often seen sitting around the monument (as there is no boundary) and sometimes even on the dais. It has also become a business place for various hawkers. Though the notification of rules and regulation has been posted, no one bothers to obey it. On-duty police officers also are least bothered about preventing violation of rules.
The authorities should increase awareness among the public and penalise those who break the rules so that the sanctity of the monument can be preserved.
Tamzid Hossain, University of Dhaka