POST TIME: 25 December, 2016 00:00 00 AM
Lawmen concerned over ‘rising number of women militants’
Deepak Acharjee

Lawmen concerned over ‘rising number of women militants’

Worried about the increasing number of women taking up the cause of militancy, law enforcement and intelligence agencies are trying to ascertain the reason behind their involvement in the death path. Sources in these agencies said several woman militants are active in the country. Most of them are members of Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), Hizb ut-Tahrir, and Nobbo (New) JMB. These militant outfits now have in their ranks privileged, educated young men and women who carry out terror attacks. Although law enforcement agency members failed to determine the number of women involved in militancy, recent operations at different parts of the country exposes the increasing number of women militants in the country.
During the operations conducted at Dakkhinkhan, Kalyanpur, Narayanganj and Gazipur, law enforcement agencies found evidence of woman suicide bombers being present in these organisations. At least 20 woman militants have so far been from different areas of the country.
Joint commissioner of the Detective Branch (DB) of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), Abdul Baten, told The Independent that most of the woman militants arrested so far are relatives of male militant leaders. “We're trying to check the rise in the number of woman militants,” he said. According to sources, militant outfits use their female members as a distraction. An intelligence officer explained that this technique is known as the ‘couple module’. The militant groups pair up a female and a male member who identify themselves as husband and wife. “It’s usual that male militants will try to attract female in order to implement their couple module technique… accordingly male militants influence their wives to get involved into militancy. We are trying to know why women, who are not paired, are increasingly getting involved with militancy,” said another intelligence official.  
Sources said woman militants are not new in the country. They first grabbed the attention of law enforcers after serial bomb blasts across the country on August 17, 2005. The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) had arrested then JMB chief Shayokh Abdur Rahman and the leader of the Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB), Siddikul Islam Bangla Bhai, and other militants with their respective wives. In 2009, the RAB arrested Boma Mizan and his wife Lata from Shewrapara in Dhaka with a huge amount of explosives. Nobbo JMB leader Maj. (retd.) Jahidul Islam’s wife Shila was among the four persons who surrendered themselves to police during an operation at Dakkhin Khan yesterday. She had earlier escaped with her daughter before the police raid at Azimpur.