Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Bangladeshi-Irish model Prioty alleges sexual abuse by Rafiqul

Bangladeshi-Irish model Prioty alleges sexual harassment by businessman-politician Rafiqul

The Facebook post of the Bangladeshi-Irish model has touched off a social media storm, but the accused, Rongdhanu Group Chairman Md Rafiqul Islam, has denied the allegations.

Prioty, a pilot by training, had modelled several products in Bangladesh after she won the crown in the Irish beauty pageant.

The 29-year-old on Monday alleged in the post that she was sexually harassed by Rafiqul when she had gone to his office to collect payment for featuring in an advertisement for one of the group’s products.

But the group did not pay her, she alleged.

Rafiqul is also chairman of Kayetparha union council in Narayanganj’s Rupganj. He is gunning for the ruling Awami League’s nomination in the parliamentary elections.

Denying Prioty’s allegation, Rafiqul claimed she has taken money from his political rivals to defame him ahead of the elections.

Asked whether Prioty had dobe modelling of his group’s product, he claimed he did not know who modelled which of his group’s products.

Prioty has also alleged Rafiqul had threatened her with death if she went public.

“It’s needless to say this is a false allegation, a staged drama. She lives in Ireland,” the man retorted.

“And why she is speaking in 2018 about what happened in 2015? People should have known about this in 2015? Where was she until now?” he asked.

Prioty, in another Facebook post, a live video, has already answered Rafiqul.

“Everyone will ask why now. I had spoken about sexual harassment before the #MeToo movement, but could not muster the courage to name anyone. I don’t know how I have become so brave now.”

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