Feni rape accused marries victim: HC to pass order on bail petition tomorrow
The High Court will deliver its order tomorrow on a bail petition filed by Zahirul Islam Zia, an accused of a rape case in Feni who married his victim at Feni jail gate in order to get bail in line with a directive from the High Court.
The HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman today fixed the date for holding hearing and passing order on Zahirul's bail petition in the rape case.
Earlier in the day, Zahirul's lawyer Faruque Alamgir Chowdhury placed the bail petition before the bench and prayed to the court to grant bail to his client as he (Zahirul) married the victim in line with its conditional directive.
Meanwhile, authorities concerned of Feni jail submitted a report to the HC bench through its registrar's office, saying that accused Zahirul has married the victim at the jail gate on November 19 in presence of local officials and distinguished persons, Zahirul's lawyer Faruque Alamgir Chowdhury told The Daily Star.
Zahirul, the accused, son of a local union parishad member, raped the woman of Chardarbesh area in Feni's Sonagazi on May 27, according to the case statement.
He married his victim at Feni jail gate on November 19 in order to get bail in line with a directive from the HC.
On May 29, police arrested Zia, who later filed a bail petition with the HC.
Both the victim and the accused said they were involved in a romantic relationship and got intimate after Zia promised to marry her. As he refused to keep his promise, she filed a rape case against him, said court sources.