The National Human Rights Commission yesterday expressed grave concern over placing Oishee Rahman, the teenage daughter of a slain police officer and his wife, and their minor domestic help on remand in connection with the murder, reports BBC Bangla service.
The commission in letters to the home ministry and the police department said the relevant law was not properly followed in the case of Oishee and the domestic help.
"Help from an expert physician should have been taken to determine her [Oishee's] age, but it was not done," said NHRC Chairman Dr Mizanur Rahman.
Police recovered the decomposing bodies of Special Branch Inspector Mahfuzur Rahman and his wife Swapna Rahman from their apartment around 4:00pm on Friday.
Their 17-year-old daughter surrendered to the police the following day and later admitted to committing the murders in the early hours of Thursday, police said.
The NHRC chairman told the BBC that the Children Act 2013 was yet to be effective. But when an act has already been formulated and adopted, it is expected that everything will be done as per the law.
This is how a civilised society acts, he added.
"A probation officer should have been called in soon after the arrest of Oishee and all the subsequent process should have been followed in presence of the officer. But that was not done," Mizanur said, adding there was no probation officer even when Oishee was taken to the court.
The commission requested the ministry and the police to consider with importance the physical and mental health and the privacy of a child accused while following the legal process.