Subsequently, the man’s son allegedly assaulted the girl’s father when the latter arrived to complain.
The police arrested both suspects — Nurul Amin and his son Rafikul Islam — on 31 October after the girl filed a complaint against them. The Muslim men run a business of mobile phone accessories at their house.
The girl visited their house for buying earphones. The Muslim shopkeeper allegedly refused to sell her the earphones and forced her out of the house for her outfit.
“The man allegedly called the girl characterless and chastised her for wearing jeans instead of a burqa. When the girl’s father went to complain about the incident, he was allegedly beaten up by the son of the accused. Based on the girl’s complaint we’ve arrested the father and the son,” Biswanath District SP Leena Doley was quoted as saying by The Hindustan Times.
Another police official said that the two Muslim men had filed a counter-complaint, claiming that the girl’s father had attacked them.
Locals in the ward of Biswanath town said that they did not want such “Talibani” rule in their place. Still, some religious leaders try to force it on Muslim women.
In January this year, a Muslim woman had filed a police complaint against her husband, accusing him of not letting her wear jeans. In what turned out to be a case of moral police, the 37-year-old woman complained that her husband had pressured her to quit her job and made derogatory comments against women who chose to wear jeans. She said his father had told her that they lived in a patriarchal society and, therefore, she must not go against the wishes of her husband.