Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN)– Nurjahan Begum, editor of the country’s first illustrated women’s weekly ‘Begum’, passed away at a city hospital on Monday. She was 91.
She breathed her last at Square Hospitals around 09:45am (local time), according to the hospital officials.
Earlier on May 4, she was admitted to the hospital over respiratory problems including pneumonia, and, later, shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on May 7 as her condition deteriorated.
Nurjahan, 91, earned repute as the pioneering woman journalist as she edited the weekly “Begum” for over six decades as a mouthpiece of Bengali women. The magazine mainly carried write-ups of women as part of its motto to promote the backward Muslim womenfolk.
She was the daughter of another prominent journalist Mohammad Nasiruddin, editor of the then popular newspaper ‘Saogat’.
Meanwhile, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed profound shock at her death.
In separate messages, they conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family members and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.