Local residents criticized the author for the picture, published in Instagram and Facebook.
On July 23, photographer Jibon Ahmed took a photograph of a kissing couple seen on a street in Bangladesh. The picture was distributed on social networks, after which the author was criticized by local residents, dismissed from work, and also beat colleagues-journalists.
Ahmed said that he took a photo when he was walking near the local university. He noticed a couple kissing in the rain, who was sitting on the steps. According to the photographer, he photographed the guy with the girl, and also asked permission from them.
In the editorial office, where Ahmed worked, he was refused publication of the photo, because it “can cause a negative reaction.” In response, the author refused to provide photos on other terms, as he conceived it as “the embodiment of love.” After that, the photographer published a picture in his Facebook and Instagram.
As noted by the local edition of Bangladesh News 18, some users admired the way Ahmed caught the moment of a kiss in the rain. However, others condemned the photographer for “indecent snapshot” and added that soon young people “will even engage in love in public.”
After such a reaction, the leadership of the news agency Purbapashchim fired Ahmed, and several colleagues attacked him and beat him. He noted that he will not disclose the names of the attackers, as he does not want the continuation of this story.
I did not find anything bad or obscene in the spontaneous kiss of two people. Of course, I’m upset with such a reaction, because many people in our country did not receive an education and could not understand the underlying meaning of my work. Now I’m a little worried about myself.