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Taramon Bibi Bir Protik (c. 1956 – 1 December 2018)[1] was one of the two female freedom fighters in Bangladesh obtaining the Bir Protik award.[2][3] She had engaged in direct combat during the liberation war of Bangladesh in 1971 as a member of the Mukti Bahini (Liberation Army) which was a guerrilla force that fought against the Pakistan military.[4]

Taramon Bibi

Bir Protik
Native name
তারামন বিবি
Bornc. 1956
Shankar Madhabpur, Kurigram, East Pakistan, Pakistan
Died (aged 62)
Char Rajibpur Upazila, Kurigram, Bangladesh
NationalityBangladeshi
Military career
AllegianceBangladesh Bangladesh
AllianceMukti Bahini
Service year1971
Sector11
Battles/warsBangladesh liberation war
AwardsBir Protik.JPG Bir Protik

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BiographyEdit

Bibi was born in Shankar Madhabpur village, Kurigram District to Abdus Sobhan and Kulsum Bewa. She was hired by the Mukti Bahini as a help cook and clean the camp when she was 16. She was interested in the war effort and asked Havildar Muhit in infantry regiment of Sector 11 to train. He trained her on the usage of .303 British Rifle and submachine guns.[5] She was in Sector 11 under the leadership of Sector commander Abu Taher.

Taramon Bibi died at her residence at Char Rajibpur Upazila, Kurigram, at 1:30am on 1 December 2018.[6]

AwardEdit

After the war, she was awarded Bir Protik (Symbol of Valour) by Bangladesh government in 1973.[4] But her whereabouts were unknown and the award was never handed over to her. She herself remained unaware of this until 1995 when a researcher from Mymensingh discovered her.[7] She was finally given her award by the then Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Khaleda Zia on 19 December 1995.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Bibi was married to Abdul Mazid.[9] Together they had a son, Abu Taher and a daughter.[9][10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Taramon Bibi is no more". Banglanews24.com. Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  2. ^ Taramon Bibi (March 8, 2015). "The girl who became a soldier". The Daily Star. Retrieved May 25, 2016.
  3. ^ "Bir Protik Taramon Bibi transferred to Dhaka CMH". The Daily Star. 2017-08-06. Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  4. ^ a b "Bir Pratik Taramon Bibi dies at 62". Retrieved 2018-12-01.
  5. ^ "Taramon Bibi: A folktale of a country". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  6. ^ "Bir Protik Taramon Bibi dies". The Daily Star. Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  7. ^ "The women in our Liberation War". The Daily Star. 2016-12-16. Retrieved 2018-01-08.
  8. ^ Aasha Mehreen Amin, Lavina Ambreen Ahmed and Shamim Ahsan. "Tales of Endurance and Courage". humanists.net. Archived from the original on 2005-03-11. Retrieved 2018-11-30.
  9. ^ a b "তারামন বিবি হাসপাতালে". Bhorer Kagoj. Retrieved 2018-12-01.
  10. ^ "Bir Protik Taramon Bibi transferred to Dhaka CMH". The Daily Star. 2017-08-06. Retrieved 2018-12-01.