সামিয়া রহমানের ছেলে রাশেদ হোসেইন সম্প্রতি গবেষণায় চৌর্যবৃত্তিতে মায়ের নামে অভিযোগ আসা নিয়ে ইংরেজীতে একটি বিস্তারিত স্ট্যাটাস দিয়েছেন। ক্যাম্পাসটাইমসের পাঠকদের জন্য লেখাটি হুবুহু উপস্থাপন করা হলোঃ
For the last few days, my mother, Samia Rahman, a national television personality and Associate Professor of Dhaka University has been facing accusations of plagiarizing someone else's writings. Regarding this matter, I would like to say that this is nothing but a complete pile of bullshit. I urge people to carry on, and read this abnormally long post.
The news first circulated in The Dhaka Tribune and some other news platforms, from which it blew up. Pretty soon, people started to criticize my mom and throw shade at her, insulting her, her hard work of more than 20 years to reach her position, her entire family, and her very existence. People have been blindly hating on her, without even knowing the slightest thing about what really happened, and this, is what really happened:
A year or two back, a former student of my mother, Syed Marjan (aka the villain of this incident), proposed an idea to co-write a journal with her together. She agreed initially but then there was a fallout because she did not like Marjan's writing skills and attitude. She uninvolved herself with the book, a year passes by. And then shit happens.
People find out that in the book, there are a lot of missing references that were taken from other journals, and people start to call my mother out for plagiarism. The Dhaka Tribune posts an article about this 'plagiarism', and all hell is loose. The devil that disguises himself under the identity of Marjan, immediately tried to defend himself, by saying that he 'only followed Samia's orders and that she was the main author.' I'm pretty sure it's a crime if you use someone's name to publish a book, despite this, my mom was merciful and didn't sue him. In fact, that Marjan turned on her and said to every journalist that it was the fault of Samia. Almost everyone went against my mother. The Dhaka University teachers, many journalists and central figures, all because of internal politics, didn't side with her. The reputation she built up for herself through hard work and sacrifice of her own personal time, was destroyed.
My mother was terrified. Being an oversensitive person, she didn't react to this news well at all. Moreover, people start to blindly hate on my mother, and spew propaganda, that my mother cheated her way through her entire career. She's in an inexplicably bad situation.This seems too cheesy to be on Facebook, as the son is writing all this without any tension, right? No. This is bringing the life out of me, just writing this. Our family is in such distress, her life is in such a living hell, just because of one goddamn person.
A press conference, or a court meeting, will take place, soon or later. Despite my mother having all the necessary evidence and documents to certify her innocence in this matter, she doesn't even have the willpower to carry on. Because of Facebook posts. To all the haters and people continuously hating on my mother and saying that 'apparently she was always a cheater,' I ask these haters thing; do you think a person who has written books with Amazon, a TRILLION dollar company, and is a respected figure of the international journalists, would plagiarize writings for a stupid, local journal made by a desperate student who used my mom to get attention?
Do these stupid people know absolutely anything about this incident? This is all nothing but the product of envy. Seriously, not to be taking pride in this, but look at the facts, my mother, is a 2 times gold medalist who passed with the top grades at University, who is at one of the topmost positions of News24 BD, and a long-time professor of Bangladesh's most important institution of education, she is also a very stubborn and honorable person, and she would never even think of stealing someone else's work. She built up her entire career ever since she was 20, and over two decades later, she's still working hard to develop her career. Of course, there's going to be haters who hate on her, because that's what they take sadistic pleasure from.
Bangladesh is one of the most sexist and backdated countries of all time, incapable of accepting the fact that a woman is the representative of such a large social platform; come on guys, she and every other women deserve nothing but respect and equal opportunities. I hope someone has read this far out. Please pray for my mother and please spread the truth to all your relatives so that she can get the confidence and face her enemies. Her career has already fallen into a damaged state, some people will never change their perception of hatred, and continue to hate because of the very fact that a woman has such an honorable position in the world of media. I request you guys, to inform your relatives about this case. Thanks for reading this far, and may Allah bless you.
Edit: When I mentioned that Bangladesh is one of the most sexist and backdated countries, I was talking about the hundreds of thousands of people in this country that discriminate women or believe they are entitled to household issues. Trust me, I am in no way demeaning our honorable prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, or even bringing up the government in this case. I believe that my mother is only one of many unfairly treated women in this country who face backlash because of their very gender. Please understand.
2nd Edit: For the people asking how I know about all of this and saying that my mother is using me for her own selfish gain, let me clarify a) Why would anyone think it is unnatural when a mother and guardian of a family is accused of something negative, the son wouldn't know so clearly about this? I have been subconsciously observing her phone calls, her daily life routine, and when we have all the materials needed to provide her innocence, why wouldn't I know anything? b) You guys are seriously disgusting if you think that my mother is using me for her own gains. This status was made by me and by my own pure will. Please don't spew any more propaganda, and just wait until the court case is in place, which will take place in time!!!
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