Bangladesh Re-Install Lady Justice Statue

Bangladesh government has reinstalled a Lady Justice statue near the country’s Supreme Court, two days after its removal.

The statue of a woman holding a scale and sword in her hands was installed in December 2016. The statue is wrapped in a sari, a Bangladeshi revision of the usual representation, the Greek goddess Themis blindfolded and clad in a gown.

Islamists oppose idol worship and consider the Lady Justice statue anti-Islamic. The removal was to appease hard-liners who said the statue was erected in 2016 in front of a ground used for prayers during two Islamic festivals.

But it sparked criticism and protests among liberals, cultural groups and left-wing activists. Many have accused Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of siding with the Islamists.