A Khulna court on Monday sentenced three people including husband to death for killing a housewife at Badurgaccha village in Dumuria upazila in 2016.
The convicts are Prosenjit Gain, husband of the victim, Onimesh Gain and Biplob Kanti Mandal.
The court also sentenced them to seven-year jail e a ch and fined Tk 45,000 under two other sections.
According to prosecution, Tumpa was choked to death by her husband on October 7, 2016 and her body was dumped in Ghangrail River.
Police recovered her body two days later.
Her brother filed a case against Somit Mandal filed a case with Dumuria Police Station in this connection.
Police submitted chargesheet against four accused on November 25, 2017.
After examining all these records and 26 witnesses among 28, Khulna district and sessions judge Moshiur Rahman Chowdhury handed down the verdict acquitting one accused.
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Monday barred Eunus Ali Akond from practicing law in its two divisions for the next three months as he was convicted of contempt of court after posting derogatory comments about the judiciary on his Facebook.
The court also fined him Tk 25,000,in default, he will have to serve 15 days of imprisonment.
A seven-member bench led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain delivered the verdict after hearing a contempt of court rule issued against him.
Earlier on Sunday, the court fixed today for delivering the verdict.
Appearing before the court during Sunday’s hearing, Eunus Ali apologised for his Facebook comments.
However, the court did not accept his apology.
On September 27, the Appellate Division summoned the lawyer for his ‘distasteful’ Facebook post about the judiciary.
After Additional Attorney General Murad Reza raised the issue, a four-member bench led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain ordered Akand to appear before the court on October 11 and explain why he will not be prosecuted.
He was barred from practicing law during this period.
The court also instructed the Bangladesh Telecom Regulatory Commission to remove his Facebook post and block his account.
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Despite widespread protests against rape and the government’s plan to toughen the law in this regard, the incidents of rape, gang rape and molestation never seem to decline across the country.
In Bagerhat, a female NGO worker has allegedly been gang raped at her Maitkumra house at Fakirhat.
Police arrested Mamun Sheikh, 30, early Sunday in this connection.
The victim filed a case against four people -- Mamun Sheikh, Firoz Nikari, 29, Raju, 25, and Musa, 29, -- in this regard on Sunday.
One of them is a three-wheeler driver and three others are construction and agriculture workers, police said.
Pankaj Chandra Roy, Superintendent of Police of the district, said the four miscreants entered the victim’s house at night and raped her in turns.
Police seized a video of the incident which was recorded by the rapists to blackmail her, Pankaj said.
The culprits also looted Tk 16,000 and gold ornaments from the victim’s house.
Patrol police arrested one of them but three others managed to flee, the SP said.
“We’re on a manhunt to catch others,” he added.
In Rangpur, police early Sunday arrested a youth as he allegedly raped a sixth grader in Ghulai area of Badarganj.
The arrestee was identified as Rayhan Haque, 26, son of Haniful Haque.
Officer-in-Charge of Badarganj Police Station Habibur Rahman Hawladar said the victim's family was a tenant of Rayhan’s house in Ghulai area.
Rayhan raped the girl when she was alone in the house on Saturday night, he said.
Later, the victim's father filed a case with Badarganj Police Station over the matter, he added.
The girl has been sent to Rangpur Medical College and Hospital for a medical test, the OC said.
In Sylhet, police arrested a young man as he allegedly raped a teenage girl for seven day after confining her in Barchatul village of Kanaighat upazila.
The arrestee was identified as Mizanur Rahman, 28, son of Rafikul Haque.
Mizanur took the 16 years old victim at his house promising to marry her on October 3, where he raped her several time after confining her for seven days, said Sub-inspector Mainul Islam of Kanaighat Police Station.
Police conducted a drive at Mizanur’s house and rescued the victim, SI said.
Victim’s father filed a case with Kanaighat Police Station over the matter, he added.
The victim was sent to Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital for medical tests, he said.
According to Ain-o-Salish Kendra (ASK), a human rights organisation, some 1,000 rape cases were reported in the country, including 208 gang rapes, between January and September 2020.
Waves of anti-rape demonstrations erupted across Bangladesh after a video footage of five men gang-raping a housewife, stripping her naked and filming the video of the incident in Noakhali’s Begumganj upazila, went viral on social media on Sunday.
The incident occurred at Joykrishnapur village under Eklashpur union of the upazila on September 2.
Protesters including students, leaders and activists of different organisations have been demonstrating for the last few days over the growing incidents of rape, sexual harassment and violence against women in Bangladesh.
The High Court on Sunday stayed proceedings of a rape case against four children of Bakerganj upazila in Barishal.
The court also directed officer-in-charge of Bakerganj Police Station to make arrangement for the safe return of the minors to their parents.
Besides, the HC asked police to ensure their safety.
The HC bench of Justice Md Mozibur Rahman Miah and Justice Mohi Uddin Shamim came up with the order and fixed November 22 for next order.
Earlier on October 8 (Thursday), two High Court judges operated a bench at night and directed Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal of Barishal to instantly grant bail to four children, who were arrested on October 7 in a case filed on charges of raping a six- year-old child at Bakerganj in the district.
In a suomuto order, the HC directed the authorities concerned to release the four children, aged between 10 to 12 years, from the custody of Children Development Centre at Pulerhat in Jashore on bail, and to hand them over to their guardians within that night.
The HC bench also asked Barishal senior judicial magistrate to appear before it today and directed Bakerganj OC to appear before the court with the four children and their guardians today.
As per the HC directives, the concerned handed over the children to their guardians on Friday.
During today’s hearing, the court heard statement of the guardians, the judge, the OC, Children affairs officer of the upazila and district probation officer.
Senior judicial magistrate Enayet Ullah sought unconditional apology to the court.
The incident of rape took place in Bakerganj on October 6.
Later, the victim's father filed the case the same day.
Bakerganj police arrested them on October 7 and produced them to the court of senior judicial magistrate on the day,
The court rejected their bail petition and ordered police to send them to Jashore Children Development Centre
The families of the children claimed that there was no rape incident. The case was filed to harass them over land related dispute with the plaintiff.
A Chattogram court on Sunday placed Chairman of Regent Group Md Shahed alias Shahed Karim on a four-day remand in a case filed over embezzling Tk91 lakh.
Chattogram Metropolitan Magistrate court judge Shafi Uddin passed the order when police produced him before the court seeking a 10-day remand.
He was taken to Chattogram Central Jail on Saturday afternoon.
Mega Motors- a Chattogram-based importer of motor parts - filed the case at Double Mooring Police Station in the city on July 13.
According to the case statement, Shahed misappropriated Tk 91.25 lakh from Mega Motors through deception.
On Sept 28, a Dhaka court sentenced him to life imprisonment in an arms case.
Rab arrested Shahed from the bordering area of Satkhira on July 15. They also recovered a pistol, some bullets and foreign currencies from his possession.
The Regent Group head office and both hospitals were sealed off and 16 people, including Shahed, were sued on charge of issuing fake coronavirus test reports.