A university lecturer in Bangladesh has been accused of controversial digital security laws for ridiculing a former health minister who died of coronavirus. This was the latest in a series of arrests for social media posts about epidcaemia.
28-year-old Sirajum Munira was arrested late Saturday after former Health Minister Mohammad Nasim died of the virus.
There is growing concern about the spread of the virus in the impoverished country, which, despite increasing cases, has been reopened after being blocked.
Activists say internet laws are used to suppress criticism of the government's handling of the epidemic.
"She published a derogatory comment on Mohammad Nasim's death. She made fun of a dead person," local chief Rabiul Islam told AFP.
"It went viral and triggered negative reactions and undermined the country's image."
Munira, a lecturer at Northern Begum Rokeya University, later apologized and deleted her comments after posting them on Facebook.
At least 44 people have been arrested and charged under Internet laws since March for allegedly spreading rumors and propaganda.
The virus has claimed the lives of a number of prominent Bangladeshis, including business tycoons, bureaucrats, and senior doctors.
Sheikh Abdullah, Minister of State for Religious Affairs and close ally of the Prime Minister, died of the virus on Saturday after he was taken to a military hospital.
Front workers, including police officers, are also affected by the pandemic.
Two ministers in Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's cabinet and five MPs were also infected, a minister told AFP.
Since the South Asian country reported its first case in early March, the number of infections with over 1,100 deaths has increased to over 87,000.
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