Chandpur, May 19 (UNB) – A court here on Sunday sent a teenage boy to the Juvenile Correctional Centre in Tongi of Gazipur for reportedly raping a seven-year-old girl at Razargaon village in Hajiganj upazila on Thursday.
Officer-in-charge of Hajiganj Police Station Md Abdur Rashid said the teen was produced before the court when it ordered to send him to the juvenile correctional centre.
The victim is a first grader who lost her mother three months back and was living with her stepmother and grandmother as her father works in Dhaka.
On Thursday, the teenage boy violated the minor girl and fled, the OC said.
Later, the ailing victim informed the matter to her grandmother. Police arrested the ‘rapist’ on Saturday after victim’s father filed a case in this regard.
Dhaka, May 19 (UNB) – The High Court on Sunday declared illegal the gazette notifications and circulars published by the government fixing the minimum age limit for a freedom fighter.
The HC bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil passed the order after hearing 15 writ petitions filed challenging the legality of fixing 12 years and six months as of November 30, 1971 as the minimum age to be eligible for earning the status of a freedom fighter.
The court also declared illegal the subsection 11 of section 2 of Bangladesh Freedom Fighters’ Welfare Trust Act-2018.
It asked the authorities concerned to provide the freedom fighters allowances within 60 days of getting the verdict.
During hearing, the HC said, “Not only Bangladesh but also anywhere in the world, freedom fighters cannot be tied to the age frame. People are getting involved in the liberation war out of their emotion and love for the country. Love can’t be determined by age.”
He also said freedom fighters, aged 7-8, took part in the World War-1 and there’re many books in Bangladesh on children freedom fighters. It’s nothing new. The petitioners have been getting all the benefits for the last 45 years. So, if we deny the freedom fighters who liberated the country, we can’t move forward.”
Omar Sadat, ABM Altaf Hossain, Jahangir Jamaddar, Nargis Tanjima, Selina Akter Chowdhury, Sharif Ahmed, Eunus Ali Akond, Subhrajit Banarjee and ARM Quamruzzaman Kakon stood for the petitioners while deputy attorney general Mokhlesur Rahman represented the state.
On November 10, 2016, a gazette was issued fixing 13 years as of March 26, 1971 as the minimum age required for enrolling as a freedom fighter.
Later on January 17 last, the gazette was amended through a notification setting 12 years and six months as of November 30, 1971 as the minimum age requirement.
Fifteen freedom fighters filed separate writ petitions with the High Court in 2016, 2017 and 2018 challenging the legality of the gazettes.
On July 15, 2018, the High Court asked the authorities concerned to explain as to why the notification fixing 12 years and six months as of November 30, 1971 as the minimum age to be eligible for earning the status of a freedom fighter should not be declared illegal.
The bench of Justice Mainul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Md Ashraful Kamal had issued the rule after hearing a writ petition filed by Director of Geological Survey of Bangladesh Mahmud Hassan challenging the notification issued on January 17 last.
Mahmud Hassan joined the government service on the freedom fighter quota. As per the new notification, his age was 12 years, four months and 12 days on November 30, 1971.
As per the Public Servants (Retirement) Act 1974, Mahmud should get the chance to work till 60 years, said his lawyer Advocate Altaf Hossain. “But due to fixing the minimum age required for being eligible to be a freedom fighter, Mahmud is being deprived of the chance.”
Natore, May 18 (UNB) – Six policemen have been closed for destroying more than 35,000 eggs in Boraigram upazila allegedly after the egg trader refused to pay them bribe.
Jahangir Hossain, superintendent of Bogura Highway Police, said that the decision was taken on Friday following a complaint lodged by victim egg vendor Biplob Kumar Saha. However, he didn’t disclosed their identities.
The accused policemen were closed to Bogura region of highway police.
Shahidullah, a police official, was asked to submit a report within 3 working days after investigating the incident.
According to Biplob Kumar Saha, a pick-up van carrying 35,100 eggs fell beside Bonpara highway as one of its tyre punctured in Agran Sutirpar area on Thursday morning. A team of on-duty highway police demanded Tk 20,000 as bribe to salvage the pickup.
As he denied to give them the bribe, they cut off the rope of the pickup van which tied up the eggs with it, destroying the eggs.
Dhaka, May 16 (UNB) – The High Court has urged the media to refrain from writing reports on any case under trial.
The High Court issued a notice signed by its Registrar M Golam Rabbani on Thursday in this regard.
The notice said some electronic and print media run reports and scrolls on cases under trial which is totally unexpected. “Under the circumstances, all concerned are requested to refrain from running reports and scrolls on any sub-judice matter,” it said.
Meanwhile, Law Reporters Forum (LRF) expressed its sadness and shock at the High Court directive and urged the authorities concerned to withdraw the notice.
It made the call in a letter sent to Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain.
The letter said law beat journalists have long been writing reports on Bangabandhu murder case, jail killing case and war crimes cases whereby people could know details about those. “It’s playing a helpful role in establishing judiciary’s transparency.”
Citing the remarks of the Chief Justice made on April 9 urging journalists to ‘write whatever they see in the courtroom’, the letter said the HC notice is contradictory to his comments as well as independent journalism.