Update May 26, 2017

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Greek goddess statue removed from Supreme Court premises

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The statue of Greek goddess, Themis, being removed from the premises of Supreme Court. Photo: Prothom Alo

26 May 2017, Nirapad News: The statue of the Greek goddess, Themis, has been removed from the Supreme Court premises early Friday in face of incessant demand from the Islamic groups.

The statue was apparently removed in presence of its sculptor Mrinal Haque.

As a few workers started removing the statue on Thursday night, members of law enforcing agencies were seen kept on duty near the site.

At 12:30am on Friday, it was seen that all entrances of the Supreme Court premises were locked down. Three-four labourers are working to remove the statute while as many as 10-12 more are giving directions for the removal process.

Sculptor Mrinal Haque said that he was told about the removal of the statue on Thursday afternoon. The removal process started around 11:30pm, Thursday, he added.

He also said he is overseeing the process so that it could be removed safely without any damages.

The sculptor said he heard it would be kept in a certain place on the Annex Building premises. Now it will temporarily be kept behind the Supreme Court building.

Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh has been demanding removal of the sculpture for some time.

Claiming that the statue is hurting the religious sentiments of the Muslims, the Islamic outfit said the country’s people will not tolerate it.

On 11 April, prime minister Sheikh Hasina said she did not like setting up the statue of the Greek goddess Themis on the Supreme Court premises.

“Why would the statue of Greek Themis be set up in Bangladesh? The Greeks had a certain type of costume, but here a statue has been built and it is wearing a sari. It’s a funny incident. I don’t know why such an incident happened,” she said.

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