Bangladesh: Islamist group tells women to ‘stay at home’, media to support jihad

Police said on Tuesday they were investigating an email sent to various media outlets reportedly by a banned Islamist group in Bangladesh threatening to topple “towering buildings” and telling the media not to run anything that goes against what the mail describes as jihad.

The email sent after a series of deadly attacks targeting moderates and foreigners contains a six-point directive that includes telling women to stay at home. It urges businesses to fire any female employees, and says that working outside of the home is a “punishable offense” according to Sharia, or Islamic law. It does not elaborate what would constitute appropriate punishment.

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