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Gang Rape: MC College authority's negligence frustrates High Court

  • Published at 10:52 pm September 29th, 2020
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The probe committee must submit its findings to the registrar general of the Supreme Court within 15 days

Amid protests over Friday night's gang rape at Murari Chand (MC) College in Sylhet, the High Court on Tuesday ordered that a committee be formed to investigate the incident. 

According to the HC order, the probe committee must comprise a judge of the Sylhet Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal, the district's chief metropolitan magistrate and its deputy commissioner. 

The probe committee must submit its findings to the registrar general of the Supreme Court within 15 days. 

The court also ordered police to provide protection for the members of the committee, and the deputy commissioner’s office to provide any necessary logistical support.

The HC bench of Justice Md Mozibur Rahman Miah and Justice Mohi Uddin Shamim issued the suo moto order on Tuesday when Advocate Mohammad Misbah Uddin placed the matter before the court with a newspaper report. 

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The state lawyer, Barrister Nawroz MR Chowdhury, said the bench had also issued a rule over the incident, asking the government to reply within two weeks why an inquiry into the negligence of the college authorities should not be conducted.

The secretaries of the Education, Law, and Home Ministries, and the vice chancellor and treasurer of the National University, principal of MC college, the deputy commissioner (DC), the superintendent of police (SP) of Sylhet, and the hostel superintendent concerned, have all been made respondents to the rule. 

The court also expressed its frustration at the negligence of the college authorities both before and after the rape incident.

Another accused arrested

Later in the day, the Rapid Action Battalion arrested Tarekul Islam, who is one of named accused, from Sunamganj's Dirai upazila. The number of accused arrested so far now stands at eight. 

Earlier, Sylhet Metropolitan Magistrate Saifur Rahman placed three more suspects, including an accused in the gang rape, on a five-day remand after police sought a week for interrogation.

The trio are Mahbubur Rahman Rony, one of the named suspects, Rajon and Rajon's associate Ainuddin, said Assistant Police Commissioner Amulla Kumar Chowdhury.

Meanwhile, students of the college protested the incident in front of its main entrance on Tuesday afternoon, demanding the highest punishment for the rapists.

They also blocked the Sylhet-Tamabil Highway for nearly an hour, until their principal and his deputy calmed them down with assurances. 

With the latest development on Tuesday afternoon, a total of six suspects have been put on remand, including the four named accused in the gang rape.

A woman was raped allegedly by Chhatra League men on the premises of the hostel of Sylhet's MC College when she was visiting with her husband.

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A group of Chhatra League men confined the woman's husband in a room and took the woman to a car, where she was gang raped.

The victim's husband filed a case with Shah Paran police station in connection with the incident. He filed the case against seven or eight people, naming six.

Education Ministry forms probe committee

In another development, the Education Ministry on Tuesday formed a three-member committee to find out whether the gang rape had resulted from the college authorities’ negligence.

The probe committee, headed by the director of college and administration at the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE), was asked to submit a preliminary report within the next three working days, and a final report in a week. 

MC College Principal Md Saleh Ahmed told reporters the probe body the college authorities had formed began recording witness accounts on Tuesday.

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