CCTV footage shows the suspect taking one of the twins to a doctor at DMCH at 10:51am on August 23 apparently to gain the mother's trust. The woman stole one of the twins on Thursday. photo: TV grab (Somoy TV)
The High Court today directed authorities concerned to conduct a judicial inquiry into the incident of missing a new born child from Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) on August 21.
The court ordered the chief metropolitan magistrate of Dhaka to assign a magistrate to inquiry into the entire incident of the missing of the baby; to find out the loopholes in the ward security of the hospital and to find out the administrative failures.
The high court bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Abu Taher Mohammad Saifur Rahman also ordered the police to provide protections to the parent of the missing child.
The court came up with the order and rule following a report published on The Daily Star under a headlined ‘Baby Stealing at DMCH: Culprit fled as CCTV went off’ on Wednesday.
The court also thanked The Daily Star reporter Shaheen Mollah and Emran Hossain for making this investigative report.
Issuing a suo moto rule, the court directed the law enforcers to provide assistance to the magistrate concern in the process of judicial enquiry.
The magistrate who will conduct the enquiry will submit a probe report to the court in four weeks.
The court fixed October 20 for passing a further order on the issue.
In the rule, the court asked the authorities concerned of the government and the DMCH to explain in for weeks why appropriate legal action should not be taken against them for their failure to protect the children.