• Thursday, Mar 04, 2021
  • Last Update : 02:19 am

Judge grants bail to child rape accused although court adjourned

  • Published at 10:48 am January 7th, 2021

A district judge adjourned all the proceedings of the district court for the day after a death reference was presented in the district judge's court on Tuesday morning as per the rules

A Tangail court judge has granted bail to an accused in a child rape case, although all court proceedings for the respective day had been adjourned.

The Women and Child Repression Prevention Tribunal passed the order on Wednesday. 

The news of the order created dissatisfaction and anger among lawyers at Tangail District Advocate Bar Association. They demanded immediate boycott of the respective court and permanent expulsion of the lawyer representing the accused.

Later, the association at an emergency meeting expelled Advocate Syed Saiful Alam Titu, the lawyer of the accused, for one month. 

According to court sources, Advocate Nurul Islam, freedom fighter and a senior lawyer at Tangail Judge's Court, passed away on Tuesday. District Judge Fahmida Quader adjourned all the proceedings of the district court for the day after a death reference was presented in the district judge's court on Tuesday morning as per the rules. 

However, the Tangail Women and Child Repression Prevention Tribunal granted bail to the accused in a rape case on Tuesday afternoon. The state's special public prosecutor was also not informed about the bail order.

According to the case details, a 16-year-old boy from Raktipara village in Madhupur upazila, reportedly raped a minor girl on Sunday afternoon.

Police arrested the teen rape suspect soon after the survivor's father filed a rape case with Madhupur police station on Monday.

As the accused is a minor, Tangail Senior Judicial Magistrate Akramul Islam of Madhupur Civil Court forwarded him and his documents to the juvenile court. 

The accused was granted bail, although all court proceedings were adjourned for the same day. 

Meanwhile, the rape survivor has been admitted to Tangail General Hospital and has already testified before the court on Tuesday. 

The mysterious granting of bail to rape accused has raised doubts that the child might be deprived from a fair trial. 

Her family has demanded capital punishment for the accused.

Ali Ahmed, special public prosecutor of the Women and Child Repression Prevention Tribunal, said the bail proceedings were conducted without informing the defence lawyer or the court.

Advocate AKM Nasimul Akhter, general secretary of the Tangail District Advocate Bar Association, said lawyers would meet the district and sessions judges on Thursday and formally complain against the juvenile court judge.

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