Language movement veteran Dr Halima Khatun died on Tuesday in a city hospital.The language veteran breathed her last around 2 pm at the United Hospital after suffering from heart, kidney and blood-related diseases.
Prominent television actress Suborna Mustafa, a niece of the language movement veteran, informed journalists about the death of Dr Halima.
Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor expressed profound shock at her death and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.
Conveying sympathy to her bereaved family members, Asaduzzaman Noor said “Halima was one of the organizers who participated actively in the movement. Specially, she played a vital role in organising and inspiring the women to participate in the movement.”
“She will be remembered forever all the time for this participation in the movement and contribution to the Bengali literature,” the cultural affairs minister added.
She was born on August 25, 1933, in Bagherhat. She was the youngest child of Maulovi Abdur Rahman, who completed his graduation from Kolkata Alia Madrasa.
Dr Halima Khatun completed her MA in English Literature from Dhaka University and received Doctorate in Education in 1968 from University of Northern Colorado, USA.
She got involved with the language movement since 1948 and took part in the movement actively after admitting into Dhaka University in 1951.
Dr Halima, also a writer who completed her Doctorate in Children Literature received Bangla Academy Award for contribution in children literature.
Alongside, she was also honoured with Bangladesh Shishu Academy Sahitya Puraskar (Award for Children Literature of Bangladesh Shishu Academy) in 1999.