May 17, 2016 - 6:24pm
Bangladeshis on social media are joining hands – or rather ears – in a show of solidarity with a school teacher who was recently publicly humiliated, as a sitting MP looked on.
Social media giant Facebook has been flooded with pictures of users posing while holding their ears.
Being forced to do squats while holding one's ears - called uthbosh in Bangla - is a form of shaming and punishment meted out to unruly kids in many primary schools in the region. The punishment is widely criticised even when used on children; applying it to an adult and a teacher has been regarded as unbearably humiliating.
Bangladeshis, including some celebrities, posted themselves holding their ears, in solidarity with Shyamal Kanti Bhakta, the Narayanganj headmaster who was humiliated.