A Manikganj court yesterday sentenced a bus driver and his helper to life imprisonment for raping a girl on their running bus in the district last year.
The court also fined driver Dipu Mia, 32, son of Atraf Hossain of Gurki village, and helper Kashem Ali, 26, son of Bindu Mia of Dulapara village under Manikganj Sadar upazila, Tk 50,000, in default of which they will have to serve three more years in jail.
Dipu was also given five years' rigorous imprisonment and fined Tk 5,000 in a separate case of attempting to rape the girl. He will have to spend another year in jail if he fails to pay the fine.
Delivering the verdicts, District and Sessions Judge AKM Mostofa Dewan said the imprisonment of Dipu Miah on two separate charges will run concurrently.
The girl, a garment worker aged about 18, was violated on a moving bus by the duo on the Dhaka-Aricha highway in Manikganj on January 24 last year.
The victim filed a case with Manikganj Sadar Police Station the same day, saying that Dipu attempted to rape her while the helper violated her in front of the driver.
Police later rescued the girl from the district bus terminal in the afternoon and sent her to the Sadar hospital for medical test.
The victim lodged a case against Dipu and Kashem with the Sadar police station in the evening.
Later the same night, police arrested Dipu from Manikganj bus terminal and Kashem from Nabinagar of Ashulia.
The victim girl, who was present at the court during the delivery of judgement, said she was satisfied with the verdict.
No lawyer of the accused was present at the court.