Faridpur, Mar 6 (UNB) - A court here on Thursday sentenced three young men to life terms in prison for killing a woman who obstructed their attempt to rape her daughter-in-law at Ichhapur village in Jashore district Sadar upazila in 2013.
Judge MA Rab of Khulna Speedy Trial Tribunal also fined each TK 10,000, and by default, two more years to suffer in jail. The court acquitted another accused from the allegation.
The convicts are Md Saidul Islam, 26, son of Monser Ali, Md Jahid, 26, son of Abdur Razzak and Md Kuddus son of Shahid Mollah of the same village.
According to the prosecution, on the night of February 23, 2013, the three culprits forcibly entered Liton’s house in the area and tried to violate his newly wed wife while Liton was out of the house. Hearing the hue and cry of her daughter-in-law, the woman Lipi Begum appeared in the scene and tried to save her, creating a scuffle there.
At one stage of the scuffle, the convicts indiscriminately stabbed Lipi Begum, leaving her dead on the spot.
Later on the following day, Liton filed a case with Kotwali Police Station accusing Saidul and Jahidul and two others unnamed.
On May 27, 2015, investigation officer of the case sub-inspector Md Masum Billah submitted a chargesheet accusing the three.
After taking evidence from the witnesses, the court gave the verdict in the afternoon in presence of the convicts.
Dhaka, Mar 6 (UNB) - A seven-member delegation from the office of the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor arrived here on Wednesday for an initial probe into alleged atrocities committed against Rohingyas by the Myanmar military.
“They’ll be staying in Dhaka for two days before going to Cox’s Bazar,” an official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told UNB.
The ICC delegation members will have meetings with Law Minister Anisul Huq, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam and Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque in the city.
These meetings are likely to take place on Thursday, said an official adding that they will also have meetings with representatives of the international organisations.
Earlier, the ICC wanted to know Bangladesh's opinion on whether The Hague-based court has jurisdiction to run a case on atrocities against Rohingyas.
The pretrial chamber of the ICC sent a letter to Bangladesh in this regard on May 7, 2018 seeking opinion on three specific matters by June 11, either publicly or confidentially.
Bangladesh responded to the request of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Rohingya issue, as the country is seeking a “sustainable solution” to the crisis.
Sylhet, Mar 6 (UNB) – Police here on Wednesday arrested a young man for reportedly raping a mentally-challenged teenage girl at Monaharpur village in Biswanath upazila of the district.
The arrestee is Fakhrul Islam, 24, son of Toimus Ali of the village.
Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Md Saiful Islam said Fakhrul violated the girl on Monday when she was alone at her house.
However, family members and locals alleged that some influential people, including UP member Jamal Ahmed, tried to hush up the incident in exchange for Tk 1.5 lakh through arbitration.
Meanwhile, police came to know about the incident on Tuesday, rescued the victim and sent her to hospital for medical test, the ASP said.
They also arrested the alleged rapist in the early hours of Wednesday.
Dhaka, Mar 6 (UNB) – Expressing its resentment at the role of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), the High Court on Wednesday said the state agency is not performing the duties bestowed upon it as per the law.
“We’re saddened that the Commission hasn’t moved the higher court for a single time although its orders were repeatedly violated,” the bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Rajik-Al-Jalil said while hearing a writ petition over the torture of domestic help Khadija in Mirpur.
The court said the NHRC only files reports whereas human rights are violated. “This is not its job. The Commission might move the High Court it its orders are not implemented. But they haven’t come to the High Court till today. This is a serious violation of the law. We’re very shocked that the human rights commission is not performing its duties.”
It said issuing orders one after another without taking any effective step over the torture of the domestic help manifests human rights commission’s irresponsibility.
On January 9 last, the High Court issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain as to why the failure of the NHRC to provide appropriate remedy for incidents of human rights violations should not be declared illegal.
The court had also directed the home secretary to submit a report within 30 days explaining who no action was taken about the torture of domestic help Khadija on December 9, 2013.
Children Charity Foundation sent a letter to the NHRC to take necessary legal steps against the torture on Khadija.
During investigation, the NHRC found that the domestic help was tortured after being confined to her employer’s house and she was made to starve. However, police hid all the information and did not record any case in this regard.
Later in 2014, the National Human Rights Commission sent a letter to the Home Secretary to take action in this regard after investigating the allegation brought against police.
Although it wrote 18 times till 2018, no action was taken till the date, Halim said, adding that although the NHRC can identify the cases of human rights violations, it cannot provide any remedy to this end.
Bogura, Mar 6 (UNB) – Police detained TV star and singer Ashraful Alam alias Hero Alom on Wednesday night following a domestic violence case in which the victim is his wife, now admitted to hospital.
Police detained Hero Alom from in front of the police station around 10:30pm on the allegation, said SM Badiuzzaman, officer-in-charge of Bogura Sadar Police Station.
Alom’s wife Sadia Aktar was admitted to hospital as a victim of domestic violence over a family feud in Arulia village of Sadar upazila on Tuesday.
The victim alleged that Alom used to beat her frequently. On Monday night Alom returned home from Dhaka and after dinner was talking to another woman over cell phone when Sadia obstructed him triggering the dispute.
At one point, Alom started beating Sadia and left her severely injured. She was admitted to Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College and Hospital (SZMC).
Alom’s father-in-law also beat him in response to the torture resulting in Alom filing a case with Bogura Police Station accusing five people including his father-in-law in this regard, said Abdur Rahim, Sub-inspector of Bogura Police Station.
Meanwhile, denying all the allegations Hero Alom said he only slapped his wife three or four times and her injuries were not serious enough for admission to the hospital.
Alom alleged that his wife is involved in extra-marital affair and never listens to him which caused the dispute.
Alom alleged that recently his in-laws family members demanded that he should hand over his cable operator’s business to his wife’s name which he declined to do.
His in-laws family including his father-in-law also beat him over the matter and staged the drama of domestic violence to trap him, he alleged.