Teenage girl jailed in Bangladesh over Facebook post released

Dipti Rani Das, a Hindu minority teenager in Bangladesh, was jailed for a Facebook post but has been released on bail after Amnesty International’s intervention. The 2018 Digital Security Act has been criticized for limiting freedom of expression online.

In October 2020, in Dinajpur, Bangladesh, Dipti Rani Das, a Hindu minority teenager girl, was arrested under Bangladesh’s Digital Security Act, 2018 over a Facebook post that contained a photograph of a woman keeping the Islamic holy book Quran in between her thighs.

In a publication by Amnesty International, Dipti Rani Das, was granted bail on 17th February 2022 and released from detention on 15th March 2022. In its annual country report of 2021, it documented severe human rights violations committed by Bangladeshi security agencies and called on Bangladesh’s government to urgently repeal or substantially amend the 2018 Digital Security Act and end the crackdown on people’s right to freedom of expression online.