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2 years of Rupa rape case

  • Published at 09:48 pm August 25th, 2019
Jakia Sultana Rupa
File photo of Jakia Sultana Rupa Collected

Family still crying for justice

Two years have passed since college student Jakia Sultana Rupa was gang raped inside a bus, and brutally murdered with a wheel jack before her blood soaked body was dumped at the Madhupur forest in Tangail. 

Although the lower court  sentenced the criminals with capital punishment, the case has been stuck in a limbo at the Supreme court for 1.5 years following appeal filed by the convicts on February 18, 2018.

Rupa's mother Hasna Hena Begum was crying when she said that she wants justice served to the criminals during her lifetime.

According to previous reports, on February 12, 2018, a Tangail court awarded death penalty to the bus driver Habibur, and his assistants Shamim, Akram, and Jahangir. The supervisor of the bus Sabar Ali alias, Gendu was sentenced to seven years in prison.

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Rupa's brother Hafizur Rahman, who is the complainant of the murder case,  said they were initially satisfied with the swift verdict by the lower court, but are really disappointed with the slow administration of Justice at the apex court. "We don't know how much more we have to wait until the criminals will finally be hanged," he said.

Rupa was gang-raped aboard a moving bus owned by "Chhoa Paribahan," and she was murdered when travelling to Mymensingh from Bogra on August 25, 2017. 

She was travelling to Bogra to attend a test for a job she had applied for in that city.

She was studying law at Dhaka Ideal Law College after obtaining an MA from Bogra Azizul Haque College. She also worked at the Sherpur branch of Unilever Bangladesh Limited.