Blinded student returns to Vancouver -

Blinded student returns to Vancouver

Rumana Monzur will receive treatment at UBC


The University of British Columbia student who was blinded by her husband during an attack in Bangladesh will return to Canada on Tuesday. Rumana Monzur has been granted a temporary resident permit by Immigration Minister Jason Kenney. Because she will not be studying again right away, a student permit was inappropriate, reports Postmedia News.

Women around the world have rallied around the master of political science student as a symbol of how women sometimes struggle to be allowed to study. UBC officials say they have raised more than $35,000 toward Monzur’s expenses while she lives with her father on campus and recovers from the June 5 attack. She will receive care from the school’s department of ophthalmology. It’s unclear whether her five-year-old child will come to Canada. The husband is in a Dhaka jail awaiting trial.


Blinded student returns to Vancouver

  1. At the risk of sounding heartless, if we welcome every abused person on the planet because of some meaningless tie to Canada, we (our healthcare system) will be bankrupt long before we’ve scheduled it. This is a Bangladesh tragedy, and the costs involved are theirs.

    • That wasn’t heartless. It was cruel and unwarranted nonsense.

    • It’s about standing tall.

      Domestic abuse is NOT a political problem. Domestic abuse and domestic violence is a humanitarian problem… which is why we all need to stand up against any injustice involving abuse or violence to any living being.

    • Yeah, that is heartless. She was a UBC student on break from her studies and she would have returned to UBC and her studies anyway even if her eyes not been gouged out by her insanely evil husband. To say that they should have told her to stay in Bangladesh because that’s where she got injured is simply absurd and has nothing to do with welcoming “every abused person on the planet” into Canada. I can assure you their are millions upon millions of abused women in the world that live in countries where the governments are so corrupt that justice can be bought by the highest bidder and the value of life depends on how much money you have in your pockets. So you may rest assured my economically concerned and fiscally responsible friend, because none of these women are welcome to come to Canada and even if they were, they don’t have the means to get here or any way of escaping their abusive situations. Yeah, that is heartless.

  2. I applogize. Everyone who has taken a course in Canada, or visited Canada, or knows some one here….everyone who knows where Canada is, or just wants to live somewhere else is welcome to tap into our health care system.

    Rumana was fortuate enough to take advantage of our education system, and somehow that makes us responsible in anyway at all for her rehabilitation for something that HER husband did to her in HER country?? I don’t care about her, or how heartless this may sound. The world is over run with archaic cultures that do not share our values. That is sad but not our financial problem. If we want to help out Rumana, then where does it stop? I have no idea why she’d be allowed back into Canada now, other than to sponge off of our health care system. If she wants in under the stipualtion that she will cost us nothing at all, then I’ll even meet her at the airport and tell her how sorry I feel for what happened to her. But we all know why she is booking her flight back here.

  3. Just a few more thoughts on this issue.

    Three O’Clock points out that there are “millions upon millions of abused women in the world….” I am positive that is a true statement. But then my question(s) is/are: Which ones or rather, how many of those millions do we support? If we use Rumana’s case as the measuring stick as who is or isn’t worthy of our support (yep, I mean financial support) then what would your number be? If there are actually “millions upon millions” out there, and Rumana is taken as the average level of abuse suffered by women of the world, then we can assume a few million cases like her’s, or worse. And, let’s say for the sake of argument, that Canada spends a paltry $100,000 helping out Rumana. That includes health care, and subsequent social support. (that figure is a lot less than I am predicting for this case) If 1000 million is a billion, and we are talking about 100 thousand, times 3 million, then wouldn’t “saving the abused women of the world” be a goal that would cost Canada 300 BILLION dollars? And once we are known to be the country that covers foreign abuse, wouldn’t that number grow?

    Shoot me down if you like. But, then tell me why we are obliged to help out Rumana. And tell me why millions of cases like her’s should be ignored. Tell me how many abused women in the world deserve our (financial) sympathy, and what amount we are willing to spend on each one. If you can’t do the math, I’ll do it for you. Rumana cases X amount per case. My laptop has a calcualtor, so it will be easy. Bear in mind though, that I might want to counter with figures on how far our health care system is already in debt.

    Signed, Heartless TwoThirty

  4. @ TwoThirty

    While I disagree with your general point (and with your assumptions in general), I’m not going to argue with you about that. I’ll leave that to others.

    I do, however, have one question – what makes you so sure that Ms. Monzur, once she is released from the hospital, will be a sponge on the system?

    It seems to me (and I assume that you do not have any more medical information or personal information about Ms. Monzur than I do) that Ms. Monzur is an incredibly intelligent and capable academic. She was studying in Canada on a major scholarship. From what I understand, she is permanently blinded. That being said, that does not mean that she is incapable of studying, working and being a productive member of society who pays taxes like the rest of us, that is if she chooses to remain in Canada.

    If you are going to be heartless, fine (although I hope that others are never as heartless to you or your family), but make sure you think about it first.

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  7. The way our world and governments around the world work, Canada nor any other government of any other country around the world will ever contribute millions or billions of dollars to help abused women. That was the point at Three O’Clock that seems to have eluded you my friend. Your calculations are useless and not required; it was never suggested at any point that we should be doing something that simply won’t happen. Market economies are driven by greed, self-interest and the all mighty dollar (I certainly don’t believe I need to inform you about this as you seem to be motivated by all of the same factors). Not advocating socialism, it’s just a fact. In this case, I do believe that private citizens are covering her medical expenses through donations and some doctors have offered to provide their expertise for free (I know this must be baffling for you).

    It is possible, although highly unlikely in your mind, that one day you will die and be born again as a human (if you escape the animal loka) in a third-word country as a woman in an abusive situation (some belief systems actually believe we can cross genders) and no one, no one, will come to your aid and all your stubbornness and pride and self-assuredness that you are feeling right now will not even be a distant memory but entirely erased from your being and at that moment all you will feel is your own pain while you are hung upside down bleeding to death with your nose, ears and eyes all removed from your body (this actually has happened recently in one of the archaic cultures you described – look it up). Ultimately, all you will feel is an enduring suffering…so you will come to understand. Fortunately for you, nothing happens after we die, there is no reincarnation and it’s all really about gettin’ yours while we are here! Lucky you were born in Canada (must of done something real good in your past life). :) It is later than you think. Check the time. You are still heartless.

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