A court in Tangail of Bangladesh ¹has sentenced death penalty to five accused in the case of gang-raping a madrasa student at Chhabbisha village in Bhuapur Upazila of Tangail on 2012.
At the same time, each of them fined TK 1 lakh. This is the first death sentence since the ordinance on the death penalty for rape.
District Women and Child Abuse Repression Tribunal Judge Khaleda Yasmeen announced the verdict.
Police submitted charge sheet against the five accused and the trial began on October 29, 2015, the public prosecutor added.
Sujan admits that Sagar, Rajan, Sanjit and Gopi Chandra’s involvement in the incident. Police filed a chargesheet against the five after investigation. Judicial proceedings began on October 29, 2015, with the formation of charges against the accused.
Plaintiff’s lawyer Abdur Razzak said they were satisfied with the verdict.
It is to be noted that the policy and final approval was given to amend the ‘Women and Children Repression Prevention Act-2000’ in the form of an ordinance in a virtual Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on October 12. Then on Tuesday, President M Abdul Hamid issued the law as an ordinance.
The convicts are — Sagar Chandra, Sujan Moni Rishi, Rajan, Sanjit, and Gopi Chandra Sheel. Among them, Sanjit and Gopi Chandra Sheel have already been arrested, however, the remaining accused are still absconding.
Tangail court inspector Tanvir Ahmed said two accused, Sanjit and Gopi Chandra Sheel, were present in the court when the verdict was announced.
Special PP Nasimul Akhter of the Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal handled the case for the state.
Advocate Ataur Rahman Azad, general secretary of the Tangail district branch of the Human Rights Implementation Agency, started the case and provided legal assistance to the victim.
Special Public Prosecutor (PP) Nasimul Akhter said the madrasa student from Bhuapur Upazila got acquainted with accused Sagar Chandra Sheel over the phone in 2012. On January 15 of the same year, Sagar tactically took her to Elenga and went to his friend Rajan’s house in Charal Jani village in Madhupur. There, four of his friends pressured the student to get married.
Of the five, Sanjit and Gopi Chandra Sheel are behind bars while the rest remain absconding following a High Court bail.
The verdict was given as per the sections 9(3)/30 of Women and Children Repression Prevention Act, said AKM Nasimul Aktar, special public prosecutor (PP) of the court. The convicts have also been fined TK one lakh each, the PP said.
In 2012, the madrasa student from Chhabbisha village of Bhuapur upazila got acquainted with Sagar Chandra Sheel over phone. On January 15 of the same year, Sagar got her into a CNG-run autorickshaw while she was on her way to the madrasa and took her to his friend Rajan’s house in Madhupur upazila.
Sagar and Rajan tried to convince the victim to marry Sagar. As she refused, Sagar raped her.
Later, they took her to the bank of Bangshai river where all five convicts raped her again, the public prosecutor (PP) said to IANS.
They left the girl there. Next morning, the family members of the victim found and rescued her with the help of locals.
The girl filed a case, accusing the five in this regard, on January 18 of 2012. Police held Sujan and he gave confessional statement on 19 January 2012.