Facebook users in solidarity with Shyamal

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.