Dhaka – Noted sculptor and freedom fighter Ferdousi Priyabhashini passed away on Tuesday at a city hospital in Dhaka at the age of 70, the hospital said.
Priyabhashini suffered a massive cardiac arrest in the afternoon at the Lab Aid hospital where she had been undergoing treatment of other complexities since February 23.
She had long been suffering from kidney and orthopaedic problems.
The body will be kept at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University mortuary before she would be buried to Martyred Intellectuals’ graveyard in Mirpur on Thursday, family sources said.
The body will be taken to Central Shaheed Minar on Thursday morning to allow people from all walks of life to pay their respect to the valiant freedom fighter.
Like many other women, Priyabhashini was the victim of atrocities carried out by the Pakistani occupation forces during the war of Bangladesh’s liberation in 1971.
She stood by the repressed women as she came out of the grasp of the Pakistani military after Bangladesh become independence and talked about the torments she faced during the war.
She was acknowledged as a freedom fighter in 2016 as the government recognised in August same year the women who faced war-time brutality by the Pakistan military.
Born in 1947 in Khulna, Priyabhashini left two daughters, three sons host of relatives, friends and well wishers. She began her sculptor career when she was in Jessore in the early 1980s.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed condolence and deep shock at the death of Ferdousi Priyabhashini.