A Chattogram court yesterday sentenced two persons to different terms of imprisonment for raping a schoolgirl after abducting her in the port city in 2007.
Chattogram Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-1 Judge Mashiur Rahman Khan handed down the verdict after examining all records and witnesses, said Public Prosecutor Jesmin Akter.
The convicts are Abu Daud and Joynal Abedin. The court proceedings occurred in the duo’s absence, as they have been absconding since they got bail earlier.
Joynal was sentenced to life imprisonment and fined Tk 30,000 while Daud was sentenced to 14-year jail term and fined Tk 10,000 after the court found the duo guilty beyond doubt, added the prosecutor.
According to the case statement, the girl’s cousin, Daud, and her house tutor, Joynal, jointly abducted her while she was returning from school in the city’s Patharghata area under Kotwali Police Station on June 4 in 2007.
The victim’s father filed a case with Kotwali Police Station in this connection on June 7 after failing to rescue her. Joynal raped the girl for over a month, taking her to different districts with Daud’s help.
Later, police rescued the victim from Dinajpur on July 10 of the same year and arrested the abductors on the same day.
Police pressed charges against the two on August 28 in 2007, and a Chattogram court framed charges against them on November 15 of the same year.