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Sexual Harassment: Viqarunnisa teacher placed on 2-day remand

  • Student’s mother lodged case Monday evening
  • Murad was suspended earlier
Update : 27 Feb 2024, 08:12 PM

A Dhaka court on Tuesday placed Murad Hossain Sarkar, a mathematics teacher of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College’s Azimpur Branch, on a two-day remand in a case filed over allegations of sexual harassment by at least 17 students.

Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Md Zaki-Al-Farabi issued the order after hearing in the afternoon.

Earlier, Lalbagh Police Station Sub-Inspector Faiyaz Hossain, also the investigation officer of the case, produced the accused before the court and sought a seven-day remand. Later, the court placed him on a two-day remand.

Earlier in the day, the mathematics teacher was suspended after being arrested by the police in a sexual harassment case.

The educational institution’s Azimpur branch acting principal Keka Roy Chowdhury said: “We decided to suspend the teacher after holding a meeting of the governing body as the allegations brought against him were found to be primarily true.”

“On Tuesday, he was suspended, and a letter was issued. Additionally, a higher-level investigation committee has been formed," she added.

On early Tuesday, he was arrested from his home in Kalabagan, Dhaka.

On February 7, students submitted complaints to the principal accusing the teacher of sexual harassment.

Last Saturday, the school authority withdrew the senior teacher and later attached him to the principal’s office in the face of the demonstration by a section of students and their guardians.

Protesting the withdrawal decision the following day, the students and their guardians started a protest on the school campus, demanding exemplary punishment of the accused.

The guardians also held a press conference at the National Press Club the same day, demanding that the accused teacher be sacked.

On the other hand, rejecting the allegations, another section of students and their guardians announced to hold a press conference at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity in favour of the senior teacher this morning.

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