Language movement veteran Rawshan Ara Bachchu passes away

Language movement veteran Rawshan Ara Bachchu passed away this afternoon while undergoing treatment at a city hospital. She was 87.

The valiant woman breathed her last around 3:30 am on Tuesday while undergoing treatment at the Apollo Hospital in Dhaka.

Rawshan was ill for several days and was hospitalised, said her daughter Tahmida Bachchu.

Her mortal remains will be taken to the Bangla Academy on Tuesday for people to pay their last respects to her.

Bachchu got involved in the politics of Gonotantrik Pragotishil Chhatra Front (Democratic Progressive Student Front) in 1950 after getting admitted into the University of Dhaka.

She argued in favor of women’s participation in politics in a radio program in April 1950.

She took part in the meeting held in Amtola at the University of Dhaka on 30 January 1952 to protest Prime Minister Khawaja Nazimuddin’s declaration to make Urdu the sole language of Pakistan on 27 January.