'Begum' editor Nurjahan Begum’s condition critical

The condition of pioneering Bengali woman journalist and editor of the country's first illustrated women's weekly 'Begum', Nurjahan Begum, who was earlier admitted to a city hospital for old age complications, has turned critical, reports the UNB.

Nurjahan Begum who was admitted to the Square Hospital on Wednesday last with respiratory problems, including pneumonia, was shifted to the hospital’s intensive care unit on Saturday as her condition deteriorated, said hospital sources.

Nurjahan, 91, earned repute as the pioneering woman journalist as she edited the weekly 'Begum' for over six decades as a mouthpiece of Bengali women.

The magazine mainly carried write-ups of women as part of its motto to promote the backward Muslim womenfolk.

She is the daughter of renowned journalist Mohammad Nasiruddin, more known as Sawgat Editor Nasiruddin, and wife of another famous journalist Rokonuzzaman Khan, who was the editor of the feature pages of the daily Ittefaq and founder of the "Kochi Kanchar Mela".

Nurjahan Begum has two daughters.

Founded by her father Nasiruddin, 'Begum' was first published from the then Calcutta in 1947 and after the partition of the country, the weekly came to Dhaka in 1950.