Tuesday, 23 July, 2019

Language Movement veteran Halima Khatun passes away

Published on: 9:39 pm - Tuesday | July 3, 2018


Language Movement activist Halima Khatun died in a Dhaka hospital on Tuesday afternoon. She was 80.

She breathed her last at 2:00pm at United Hospital, said Shagufta Anwar, communication and marketing chief of the hospital.

Halima, a former teacher of Dhaka University, was admitted to the hospital with cardiac and kidney ailments on Saturday, reports bdnews24.com

She engaged in student politics while studying at Dhaka University, which led her into the Language Movement in 1952.

Halima had played a role in assembling the students of Muslim Girls’ School and Bangla Bazar Girls’ School at Dhaka Medical College on Feb 21, 1952.

Halima was seen at the forefront of the demonstration with others when the group of women brought out a procession.

Halima and her team also sent the photographs of people killed and injured when Pakistan forces opened fire on the activists to newspaper offices.

She and her team also raised donations for the treatment of injured activists.

She had been honoured by Bangla Academy with ‘Language Activist Award’ for her immense contribution to the movement.

Halima was born on Aug 25, 1933 in Bagerhat. Her parents were Moulvi Abdur Rahim Sheikh and Doulatunnesa.

She did her MA in English from Dhaka University and later in Bangla from Rajshahi University.

Halima did her PhD in primary education from the University of Northern Colorado.

She began her teaching career with Khulna Coronation School and RK Girls College and joined the Education Research Institute of Dhaka University. She had retired as a professor from the institute in 1997.

Halima is survived by her only daughter, Progga Laboni, a recitation artist.

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