Foreigners were the prime targets of the terrorist who attacked Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka, but there were some Bangladeshi nationals who were also killed in the strike.
The courageous story of one the two women killed in attack is making rounds on social media.
Ishrat Akhond, 45, better known with her short name “Nila” by her family and friends, was the Human Resources Director of one of Bangladesh’s largest garments company.
That Friday night, the business woman was on a dinner with two Italian designers who were visiting the country.
Nila was hacked to death because she was not wearing a hijab, and refused to recite from the Quran when asked to do so, her friends told the Indian Express.
According to Nila’s friends, she was a lady of ethics and principals. The ideas made her refuse to recite the verses of Quran on that night.
With a shiny business career, “Nila Apu” was a known name in Bangladesh’s social and cultural circuits.
Along with her other associations, she was also a member of the Bangladesh-German Chamber of Commerce — a bilateral business organisation promoting trade between the two countries.
The woman was also indulged social work and was working aggressively against widespread child labour in Bangladesh.
“After China, Bangladesh is the biggest manufacturer of readymade garments. But an ugly truth about the industry in Bangladesh is that it employs child labour. I remember Ishrat being disturbed by this and we had several conversations regarding the issue and I had told her that she must do something about it. Like other outlets, the company she worked for also employed children. Ishrat fought a lonely battle to make sure that the children were taken out of the factories.” Nila’s close friend and IIM-Kolkata visiting faculty member Prof Aloke Kumar was quoted saying by The Indian Express.
“She got in touch with UNICEF and numerous other NGOs and ensured that the children were rehabilitated, that they were sent to school. It took her some time but she did it. They were out of the factories by 2014.” he added.