Dhaka, Mar 10 (UNB) – The High Court on Sunday issued a rule seeking explanation as to why a victim who was confined at Saturia Dak-bungalow of Manikganj and raped by two police officers should not be compensated to the tune of Tk 50 lakh.
The guilty police officers were identified as sub-inspector Sekandar Hossain and assistant sub-inspector Mazharul Islam of Saturia Police Station.
A bench of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Md Ashraful Kamal issued the rule after hearing a writ petition filed in the form of public interest litigation.
Children’s Charity Bangladesh Foundation and Bangladesh Legal Aid Services Trust (BLAST) filed the writ petition represented by Barrister Md Abdul Halim.
The court also sought explanation as to why it should not be directed to form a scheme and guideline to prevent sexual harassment of women and children in safe homes, rest rooms of Police Stations, Police Stations, Dak-bungalows, hotels, guest houses, motels and houses.
Secretary to the Home Ministry, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Manikganj Police Superintendent and Additional Police Superintendent, Officer-in-Charge of Saturia Police Station were asked to respond to the rule within four weeks.
By April 18, the HC also sought a probe report, a medical report and file of the case.
According to the case statement, Sekandar took the victim to the Dak-bungalow when she came to the upazila headquarters along with another woman on a Thursday afternoon. It was learnt that the purpose of her visit was actually to collect money owed to her by Sekander, who had borrowed Tk 1.5 lakh from her three years back.
But the rogue cop confined her to a room at the Dak-bungalow that night, and forced her to take Yaba.
Sekandar and Mazharul raped her in turns and released her on Friday afternoon, threatening to kill her on the pretext of ‘crossfire’ if she disclosed the matter to anyone.