A total of 6,000 cases have remained pending at the tribunal, putting the plaintiffs and accused criminals in a quandary.
Justice seekers told the Dhaka Tribune that they were waiting day after day get a date from the court.
“Judge of the tribunal KG Mostafa had gone to retirement four months ago. At the time, the court was conducting by District and Session Judge. Though some 6000 cases are still pending in the tribunal,” said Rafique Hasnain, public prosecutor of Rangpur District and Session Court.
“Lawyers Association of the district has send a letter to the ministry to appoint the judge immediately to reduce suffering of the local people,” he said to the Dhaka Tribune.
Mamota Begum, a resident of Khalaspur village in Pirganj upazila of the district said: “I have filed a rape case with the tribunal 11 years ago but the trial of the case has not started yet.”
Sreemoti Sabitree Rani alleged with agitation: “Rival group has filed a fake case against me two years ago.”
“I came in the court everyday hearing date but returned home without any hearing though I have to pay the lawyer for every hearing date,” she continued.
MA Bashar, Convener of Rangpur Senior Lawyer Human Rights Peace For Bangladesh said: “The rate of violence against women and children in Rangpur district is higher than any other districts of the country.
“To handle the excessive rate cases, there were two tribunals in the district where one had been transferred to Narsingdi when BNP was in power, which caused a huge tangle of cases.”
“Amid the tangle of cases, the tribunal judge KG Mostafa retired four months ago. It is causing a huge suffering to the local people,” he said.
Urging for rapid appointment of a judge Bashar said: “The plaintiffs in a quandary where the accused in criminal cases are unable to secure bail because of absence of the judge.
“The arrestees also have no other courts to submit bail petitions and have found them in a predicament.”
Public prosecutor-2 of the Tribunal, Jahangir Hossain Tuhin said: “To ensure justice to the people at least two judges need to appoint immediately.”
Abdul Malek, general secretary of Rangpur Lawyer Association said: “We have already informed to the ministry to appoint lawyers for the tribunal and the ministry assured us about this regard.”