When a Tangail court sentenced four people to death in a case filed over the murder of Jakia Sultana Rupa on Monday, her family finally found some solace.
Rupa's mother Hasna Hena, expressing her gratitude to the government, said: "We want quick implementation of the verdict."
Acting Judge Abul Monshur Mia of Women and Children Repression Tribunal in Tangail sentenced four of the five accused in the case to death on Monday for raping and murdering Rupa last year in a bus. The fifth accused were sentenced to seven years in jail.
Rupa's elder brother Hafizur Rahman and younger sister Poppy Khatun, who were present at the court during the announcement of verdict, said: “If the accused are executed, our dead sister will finally get peace.”
They shared the news of the verdict with friends and relatives immediately. Many broke down in tears.
Hafizur Rahman further added : "We demand that the verdict be implemented quickly so that no sister becomes a victim of such ruthless consequences. Our mother is eagerly waiting for these monsters to be hung.”
Local MP Gazi MM Amjad Hossain Milon expressed satisfaction after hearing the verdict of Rupa.
Special public prosecutor advocate Nasimul Akhter Nasim told the Dhaka Tribune: “The verdict has set a milestone for justice. We are satisfied with the verdict. The case was proved unquestionably. I am grateful to the court for delivering the verdict in 14 days. The accused can appeal to the court in seven days.”
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Defendant Advocate Shamim Chowdhury Doyal told the Dhaka Tribune that the accused did not get justice in this verdict. They will appeal to the High Court.
Mirza Shahjahan was present at the court with a poster: “My protest against such heinous attacks will continue in the future.”
Rupa was gang-raped aboard a moving bus of “Chhoa Paribahan” and murdered when travelling to Mymensingh from Bogra on August 25, 2017. Her body was dumped in Modhupur upazila of the district.
She was studying law at Dhaka Ideal Law College after obtaining an MA from Bogra Azizul Haque College. Rupa worked at Unilever Bangladesh Limited’s Sherpur branch.
Police filed a murder case at Modhupur police station accusing five people on August 26, and arrested bus driver Habibur, supervisor Safar Ali, and assistants Shamim, Akram and Jahangir two days later.
All five men confessed to being involved in the rape and murder of Rupa.
Police pressed charges against them on October 25 last year. The Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal of Tangail indicted them on November 29.