Verdict against Sonagazi ex-OC Moazzem Nov 28
A tribunal in Dhaka will deliver verdict on November 28 in a case filed against suspended officer-in-charge of Sonagazi Police Station Moazzem Hossain over filming statement of Feni madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi and circulating the video on social media.
Dhaka Cyber Tribunal Judge Ash Shams Joglul Hossain set the date after conclusion of the arguments from both the prosecution and defence this afternoon.
On July 17, the tribunal framed charges against former officer-in-charge of Sonagazi Police Station Moazzem over filming Nusrat’s statement and circulating the footage on social media without her consent.
The case was filed by Supreme Court lawyer Syed Sayedul Haque Suman with the tribunal against Moazzem.
Nusrat, a student of Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa in Feni, made national headlines after she was set on fire on April 6, allegedly for refusing to withdraw a case filed against madrasa Principal Siraj Ud Doula for sexually harassing her.
With 75 per cent burns, she was admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital. After fighting for her life, she succumbed to her injuries at the hospital on April 10.
Her death triggered a huge public outcry across the country.
A video clip shows Moazzem asking Nusrat some humiliating questions did the rounds on social media, drawing widespread criticism. Nusrat had gone to his office to file a complaint against Siraj.
OC Moazzem Hossain was withdrawn as Nusrat’s family alleged that he was not cooperating with them. He was suspended on May 8 over negligence of duty and attached to the office of DIG (Rangpur range).
Later he was arrested by police from the Supreme Court area on June 16. The following day, the tribunal rejected his bail petition and sent him to jail.
On July 9, another HC bench rejected the bail petition of Moazzem in the case, saying that Moazzem utterly failed to protect the life of Nusrat and damaged police department’s image.