HC rule seeks compensation for victim | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, March 11, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:11 AM, March 11, 2019

Manikganj Rape Case

HC rule seeks compensation for victim

The High Court (HC) yesterday asked the government to explain why it should not be directed to give Tk 50 lakh in compensation to the woman, who was held captive and raped by two Manikganj police officers in February.

The bench of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Md Ashraful Kamal issued the rule following a writ petition filed by Children's Charity Bangladesh Foundation and Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust seeking necessary orders in this regard.

Barrister Md Abdul Halim appeared for the writ petitioners.

During the hearing, the court also asked the government to show causes why their failure to prevent rape incidents by police officers should not be declared illegal.

The court also directed the authorities to submit a report on steps taken regarding protection and safety of women and children from sexual abuses, before April 18.

They were also ordered to outline a scheme or guideline that will ensure that all government-controlled establishments are adequately safe and secure for women and children.

Home secretary, inspector general of police, superintendent of police and additional superintendent of police of Manikganj and officer-in-charge of Saturia Police Station have been made respondents to the rule.

On February 6 this year, the victim and her aunt went to Saturia Police Station to meet Sub-Inspector (SI) Sekandar Hossain, who had borrowed money from the victim's aunt.

SI Sekandar took them to a bungalow nearby, where Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Mazharul Islam joined them.

The two police officers then separated the two women and locked them in adjoining rooms. The younger woman was raped several times and they were locked in their rooms till February 8.

On February 10, the rape victim submitted a written complaint to Manikganj SP, which led to the withdrawal of the two officers and formation of a committee to investigate the matter.

A committee found the allegation to be true and the duo was arrested and placed on a six-day remand on February 12 in a case filed in this regard.

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