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Risha murder: Lone accused to die

  • Published at 03:31 pm October 10th, 2019
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Polic escort Obaidul Khan at Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge Court premises on Thursday, October 10, 2019 Focus Bangla

The court also fined him Tk50,000

A Dhaka court sentenced tailor Obaidul Khan to death in a case filed for the murder of Wills Little Flower School student, Suraiya Akther Risha, three years ago.

On Thursday, judge KM Imrul Kayesh of the Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge Court delivered the verdict with a fine of Tk50,000 with the accused in court.

Fourteen-year-old Risha was knifed on a footbridge close to her school in Kakrail by her stalker Obaidul on August 24, 2016. The eighth-grader lost her life at the ICU of Dhaka Medical College Hospital on August 28, 2016, four days after she was stabbed.

Her mother filed a case against Obaidul with Ramna Police Station under the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act.

In its observation, the court said: “Everyone has the right to love, but committing such a crime of lust is nasty, terrible, and offensive.”

It also said: “I think the accused should get the maximum punishment so no one dares to show courage to do such a thing in the future.”

Risha’s mother Tania Hossain and father Ramjan Hossain, who were present at the court during the delivery of the judgment, expressed their satisfaction with the verdict and demanded quick execution of the verdict.

A group of students from the school was also present on the court premises holding banners, demanding capital punishment for the killer.

They also expressed satisfaction with the verdict.

Earlier, the court was set to give its verdict on September 11 when both the prosecution and defence concluded their arguments on that day.

From Dinajpur’s Miradangi village, Obaidul used to work at Baishakhi Ladies’ Tailor in Eastern Mollika Shopping Mall as a cutting master.

Risha had gone to Obaidul’s shop a few months before the murder to get some dresses made, for which she had given her phone number to the tailor.

Ever since then, he disturbed the girl over the phone and stalked her. 

Later, Obaidul stabbed Risha when she did not respond to his proposals.

Obaidul was arrested in Nilphamari with the help of locals on August 31, 2016, and confessed to his crimes during primary interrogation.

The death of Risha sparked protests across the capital at that time, demanding capital punishment for Obaidul.

Police on November 14, 2016, submitted a charge sheet against Obaidul, and the court on April 17, 2017, framed charges against him in the case.

21 out of 26 prosecution witnesses testified in court for the case.