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Banani rape: Plaintiffs to file case under ICT Act, over their photos being released online

Banani rape: Plaintiffs to file case under ICT Act, over their photos being released online

There is a fine of Tk1 lakh and two years of imprisonment under The Women and Children Repression Act 2000, Article 14, for revealing the identity of a victim.

Having had their identities revealed on certain Facebook pages, the two plaintiffs of the Banani rape case has confirmed to the Dhaka Tribune that they will file a case under the ICT Act.

“These photos have been stolen from our Facebook account and Photoshopped to try and discredit us.

“I do not know who is behind this but I made a list of names and I will file a case against them,” said one of the rape survivors on Friday.

She also said police investigation will reveal who is behind this and what their motives are.

There is a fine of Tk1 lakh and two years of imprisonment under The Women and Children Repression Act 2000, Article 14 for revealing the identity of a victim.


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Barrister Jyotirmoy Barua states the law: “It specifically states that any news, information or name and address or any other information regarding any offence, under this Act, committed or any legal proceeding thereof, of which a woman or a child is the victim, shall be published or presented as such that the acquaintance of the woman or the child shall be undisclosed.

“In case, where the provision under sub-section is infringed, the person or persons liable for such infringement, each shall be punished with imprisonment for either description, which may extend to two years or with fine not exceeding Tk1 lakh or both.”

The two plaintiffs were raped on March 28 at The Raintree Hotel and filed a case on May 6 with Banani police against Shafat Ahmed, Nayem Ashraf, Shadman Sakif, Shafat’s driver Billal Hossain and his bodyguard Rahmat Ali.

Police recorded the case after a 48-hour delay.

The plaintiffs said their rapists had repeatedly threatened and pressured them to withdraw the case.

Shafat and Shadman, who had been absconding since May 9, were arrested by police in Sylhet on 11 May.

On 15 May, law enforcement agencies apprehended Shafat’s driver Billal Hossain from Wari, Dhaka and his bodyguard Rahmat Ali from Gulshan 1.

The last of the accused to be arrested was Abdul Halim alias Nayem Ashraf a life long con man who was apprehended from Munshiganj on May 17.

All of the accused during their primary interrogation admitted to the rape, police had said earlier.

According to the case filed with Banani police station on May 6, Shafat, the son of Dildar Ahmed, one of the owners of Apan Jewellers, and his friend Nayem Ashraf, the second accused, raped the two university students while Shafat’s bodyguard held the girls at gunpoint.

Customs Intelligence and Investigation Department began looking into The Raintree Hotel’s part in the case and has investigated and shut down several Apan Jewellers stores in Dhaka following the rape.

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