A case has been filed over the death of an O-level student who was “sexually assaulted” and “killed” on Thursday in the capital’s Kalabagan.
The 17-year-old victim’s father filed the case against her boyfriend Fardin Iftekhar Dihan on the night of the incident, Dhaka Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner (Ramna Division) Sajjadur Rahman said.
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“A-level student Dihan was accused of rape and murder. And we had shown him arrested and kept three more suspects in custody for interrogation.”
“Police produced Dihan before a Dhaka court on Friday and applied to have him remanded in custody,” Sajjadur said.
Earlier, the law enforcers recovered the 17-year-old victim’s body from a city hospital and arrested Dihan and three others in connection with the incident.
The victim went to a friend’s house in Kalabagan for group study, family sources said.
Next, Dihan “raped” the girl and took her to the hospital. Doctors informed the law enforcers that the victim was brought dead.
Sajjadur said, “We are still not sure about the cause of her death and can figure it out after receiving the autopsy report.”
Rape still pervasive despite stronger law
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The government last November amended the law to ensure the death penalty for rape.
The nationwide protest sparked by gang rape incidents in Sylhet MC College hostel and Noakhali prompted the government to make the swift change.
The cabinet approved the amendment on October 12 last year. A day later, the president promulgated an ordinance in this regard.
After that 160 incidents of rape took place until December 31, Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK) said.
Last year, 1,627 women became a victim of rape. Fifty-three of them were killed after rape and 14 of the victims took their own lives, according to ASK.
But the actual number is believed to be higher as many victims choose not to report assaults fearing their safety.
A bench led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the order.
Attorney General AM Amin Uddin and Deputy Attorney General Bishwajit Debnath stood for the state while Advocate Khandaker Mahbub Hossain represented the accused.
Khandakar Mahbub said one of the current justices of the Appellate Division had earlier dealt with the case when he was a judge of HC division.
The leave-to-appeal petition was dropped from the list as legally they can’t hear it, he said adding that the appeal will be heard after forming the next bench.
Ahsanullah Master was a central leader of Bangladesh Awami League and a member of Parliament from Gazipur-2 constituency.
Criminals shot him dead at a rally at MA Mazid Miah High School ground in Tongi on May 7, 2004.
Ahsanullah Master was elected MP from Gazipur-2 (Gazipur Sadar-Tongi) constituency twice in 1996 and 2001, and served as Chairman of Gazipur Sadar Upazila and Pubail Union Parishad.
Former Awami League MP Pinu Khan’s son Bakhtiar Alam Rony – sentenced to life imprisonment for a double murder in Eskaton – was refused bail on Wednesday.
The High Court bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice Shahed Nuruddin passed the order.
Advocate Motahar Hossain stood for Rony while Deputy Attorney General ABM Abdullah Al Mahmud Bashar represented the state.
On January 30, 2019, a Dhaka court sentenced Rony to life imprisonment. He was also fined Tk50,000 and also handed another six months of imprisonment for failing to pay it.
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The court said it put Rony behind bars for life considering his psychological and physical conditions at the time of the incident.
On April 13, 2015, a drunken Rony fired gunshots from his car in the capital’s New Eskaton, injuring rickshaw-puller Abdul Hakim and auto-rickshaw driver Yakub.
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Hakim died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital on April 15 and Yakub on April 23.
A case was filed with Ramna Police Station against unidentified people on April 15. And Rony was arrested from his Dhanmondi residence on June 1.
The court was initially scheduled to deliver the verdict on May 8 last year. It was deferred as Judge Md Al Mamun said he could not prepare the judgment.
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The court pushed back the verdict date again, to October 4, after the prosecution filed a petition to summon the investigation officer for a rehearing.
Hearing of the arguments concluded on January 15. Then, the court said it would deliver the verdict on January 30.
The High Court on Wednesday granted anticipatory bail to 178 leaders and activists of BNP in connection with the cases over the arson attacks on buses including two government staff buses and a BRTC double-decker bus in different parts of the city.
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The HC bench of Justice Md. Habibul Gani passed the order after hearing 36 petitions.
Jubo Dal vice-chairman Abdul Baten Shamim Rabiul Alam was among the accused.
The bail will remain in force till February 7 and during this period they have to surrender before the judicial court, said Barrister Kaisar Kamal, a counsel of the accused.
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A number of buses were torched in separate places of the capital including Uttara, Kalabagan, Shahbagh, Motijheel and Paltan areas of the city on November 12 cantering the by election of Dhaka-18 constituency.
Separate cases were filed against the leaders and activists of BNP in connection with the incident.
A man convicted of raping his own daughter has been sentenced to life in prison.
Md. Nejam Uddin, 40, a carpenter of Vujpur, Chattogram stood accused of raping his 12-year-old daughter. Chattogram Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-7 judge Munshi Abdul Majid found him guilty in a judgment announced today.
The public prosecutor of the tribunal Kh. Ariful Alam confirmed the matter and said Nejam is facing his sentence under two separate sections.
He said the tribunal additionally fined the convict Tk 20,000 and also sentenced him to life imprisonment under section 9(1). Under another section 9(4)(B) he is liable to pay Tk 5,000 and sentenced to five years in prison. If he fails to pay, he would face rigorous imprisonment for another three years and three months.
Eleven witnesses testified in the case proceedings, he added.
According to the court statement, Nejam sexually violated his daughter several times. After the abuse came to light, locals first resorted to local Chairman Rustom Ali. Later they handed him over to Police.
Nejam's wife filed a case against her husband with Vujpur Police Station.
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On 30 October 2019, the Police submitted a charge sheet against the accused. The court later lodged charges against the convict and ordered starting the trial on March 5, 2020.