Gang-rape at MC College dormitory: No hearing held
Published: 10:05 PM, 7 March 2021 Updated: 10:07 PM, 7 March 2021
The case filed in connection with the gang rape of a housewife at the MC College dormitory in Sylhet was not heard on Sunday as the high court’s order on the trial of the case was pending in the Home Ministry.
Judge Mohitul Haque Inam Chowdhury of the Sylhet Women and Child Abuse Tribunal said the trial would begin as soon as the order was received from the Home Ministry.
Shahiduzzaman Chowdhury, counsel for the plaintiff, said, “When the Sylhet Women and Child Abuse Tribunal informed us that two cases were pending at the same time, the court informed us that a requisition had gone to the Home Ministry for the trial of two cases in the same tribunal. The case will start as soon as the order comes from there.”
She added that her husband (plaintiff in the case) was beaten and money was snatched before raping the girl in the dormitory. Another case was filed on the charge of snatching. The eight accused in the rape case are the accused in this case. 51 witnesses of the rape case have also been kept as witnesses. If two separate cases of the same case are heard in the same tribunal, the plaintiff will get a fair trial. He also said that the trial would not be delayed.
Meanwhile, the police produced 8 accused in the gang-rape case in the court on Sunday morning under tight security. They were later sent to jail as there was no hearing. Earlier, the High Court had directed that the rape and extortion cases be tried in the same court in the case of gang-rape at the Sylhet MC College dormitory on February 8.
On the night of September 25 last year, some BCL activists tied up their husbands and gang-raped a woman at the MC College dormitory in Sylhet. The housewife’s husband filed a case with the Shahparan police station. Police filed a chargesheet in the court on December 3 accusing eight people in the case.
They are Saifur Rahman, Shah Mahbubur Rahman alias Rony, Tarekul Islam alias Tarek, Arjun Laskar, Ainuddin alias Ainul and Misbaul Islam alias Rajan, Rabiul Islam and Mahfuzur Rahman alias Masum who are currently in jail.