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7 to die for rape, murder of Joypurhat housewife

  • Published at 03:39 pm October 22nd, 2019
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Police escort convicts at a Joypurhat court on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Arati Rani was raped in 2016

A court has sentenced seven people to death for the raping and killing of a housewife three years ago in Deora Ashrayan Kendra under Akkelpur upazila, Joypurhat.

Joypurhat Women and Child Repression Prevention Tribunal Judge Dr ABM Mahmudul Haque gave the verdict on Tuesday, in the presence of the convicts after a long hearing.

The convicts are Sohel Talukdar, Afzal Hossain, Rahin, Ferdous Ali, Majibar Rahman, Ruhul Amin and Azizar Rahman.

The court also fined Sohel and Ferdous, two of the main perpetrators, Tk5 lakh while the rest of the convicts were fined Tk1 lakh each.

According to the case statement, on October 8, 2016, the convicts abducted Arati Rani from her home, gang raped her and fled the scene. Arati died of her injuries on the way to the hospital.

Later, Ujjal Mahanta, Arati's husband, filed a case against the seven convicts under Women and Child Repression Prevention Act with Akkelpur police station.

Confirming the matter, State Council Adv Firoza Chowdhury Dhaka Tribune said: "We are satisfied with the verdict. Justice has finally been served to her family."