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Gang rape on moving bus: 4 transport workers jailed for life in Tangail

  • Published at 06:00 pm May 22nd, 2019
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Police escort three of the four transport workers convicted in a gang rape case at the Tangail court premises on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 Dhaka Tribune Dhaka Tribune

The incident took place in the district’s Dhanbari area on April 1, 2016

A Tangail court has sentenced four transport workers to life in jail for the gang rape of a female readymade garments worker on a moving bus three years ago.

Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal Judge Begum Khaleda Yasmin delivered the verdict on Wednesday. She also fined each of the convicts Tk1 lakh.

The convicted rapists are Binimoy Paribahan bus driver Habibur Rahman Nayan, 28, his assistants Abdul Khalek Bhutto, 23, and Md Ashraful, 26, and supervisor Rezaul Karim Jewel, 38.

The first three were present in court during the delivery of the verdict, while Rezaul has been on the run since securing bail.

According to the case details, the woman, who worked at a garments factory in Chandra, Gazipur, was raped by the convicts on a Binimoy Paribahan bus in Tangail’s Dhanbari area in the early hours of April 1, 2016.

After they took turns in violating the woman, the convicts fled after leaving her in a remote spot on the Tangail-Mymensingh highway at Modhupur.

Later, the victim’s husband rescued and admitted her to the General Hospital in Tangail.

Police arrested the driver, one of the assistants and the supervisor that day, while the husband filed a case against nine people at Tangail model police station.

The victim later also named Ashraful as one of her rapists while giving her statement in court.

In the charge sheet submitted on May 11, 2016, police named Habibur, Khalek, Ashraful and Jewel, and dropped the names of six others.

The tribunal’s Special Public Prosecutor Nasimul Aktar said that three of the accused had confessed in court to committing the crime. Nine people, including the victim, testified in the case.

The court sentenced the four accused to life imprisonment as the charges against them were proved beyond reasonable doubt, said the state counsellor. “We are happy with the verdict.”

Defence lawyer Shamim Chowdhury, however, said they were not satisfied with the verdict and would appeal against it.

The woman or her family members were not available for comments.