Two university students were allegedly raped at a hotel in 2017
A Dhaka court will deliver its verdict on Tuesday in a case filed over the alleged rape of two university students at an upscale hotel in the capital’s Banani area in 2017.
On October 3, Judge Begum Kamrun Nahar of Dhaka Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-7 set the date after concluding arguments in the case.
On the day, the court also cancelled the bail of all the five accused – Ahmed Shafat, his friend Shadman Sakif, Nayeem Ashraf alias Halim, Shafat’s driver Billal and bodyguard Abul Kalam Azad – and sent them to prison.
The tribunal’s Public Prosecutor Afroza Farhana Orange said that the verdict of the much-talked-about case would be delivered at around 12pm on Tuesday.
On July 13, 2017, the court started the trial after the framing of charges against the five accused in the case. Police had submitted the charge sheet in the case on June 8, 2017.
According to the charge sheet, rape charges were brought against Shafat Ahmed and his friend Nayeem Ashraf under Section 9 (1) of the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act.
Charges were also brought against the three other accused – Shafat’s friend Sadman Sakib, bodyguard Rahmat Ali and driver Billal Hossain – for abetting in rape under the same section of the act.
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On March 28, 2017, two female students of a private university were invited to a birthday party at Hotel Raintree in Banani, where they were raped by accused Shafat Ahmed and his friend Nayeem Ashraf.
Later, a rape case was filed by one of the two victims against the five with Banani police station in the capital.