The High Court yesterday summoned the officer-in-charge (OC) of Munshiganj's Srinagar Police Station on April 2 to explain why a case was not filed over the suicide of a college student who had been raped.
Yasmin, a first year higher secondary student, committed suicide two days after she was raped by her neighbour Sheikh Aslam, 52, a father of seven sons, of Melahati village in East Baroikhali on the night of February 12, said a weekly.
In its February 16 report, the weekly from Munshiganj, Ekusheyr Khanta, added that the victim's father Ayar Hossain went to the police station but police refused to record any case.
Later, the local union parishad chairman and members and ruling party leaders settled the matter through arbitration, fining the rapist Tk 3 lakh, it said.
The HC ordered the OC, Mahbubur Rahman, to file a case against the alleged perpetrators in 48 hours and submit a report on compliance in 10 days.
It also asked the home secretary to form a committee in seven days to investigate the negligence allegation and submit a report in 30 days.
It issued a rule upon the government to explain in four weeks why the inaction should not be declared illegal.
The order and rule came following hearing of a writ petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh on Sunday seeking necessary orders.
During yesterday's hearing, the petitioner's counsel, Manzill Murshid, said the negligence compelled the victim to commit suicide.