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12 June, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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High Court rule on compensation to rape victims

STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka

The High Court yesterday issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain in four weeks why they should not be directed to give Tk 50 lakh each to the families of Shahinur Akhter Tania and Sumaiya Akhter who were raped and died in Kishoreganj and Rajshahi last month. In response to a writ petition, the HC bench comprising Justice Farah Mahbub and Justice Md Khairul Alam came up with the rule.

In its rule, the HC bench asked the government to explain why it should not be directed to frame an interim compensation scheme for the rehabilitation of the rape victims.

A dozens of entities, including Secretaries to Ministry of Home Affairs, Children and Women Affairs, Health and Family Planning and Roads and Highways, have been made respondents to reply to the rule.  

Rights organisation Children's Charity Bangladesh Foundation filed the writ petition with the HC seeking necessary order over the issues.

Barrister Md Abdul Halim appeared for the writ petitioner.

Shahinur Akhter Tania from Kishoreganj died after being gang-raped on May 8 while Sumaiya Akhter committed suicide on May 17 after being gang-raped in Rajshahi.

Shahinur worked as a nurse at Ibne Sina Hospital at Kalyanpur in Dhaka, was reportedly raped on a bus by transport workers and their accomplices on her way home at village Baherchar under Lohajuri union of Katiadi upazila in Kishoreganj.

Shahinur was later shoved off the bus and she had her head smashed against the road.

She was taken to Katiadi Health Complex in a critical condition, but doctors declared her dead.

The brutal death of Shahinur drew widespread condemnation and agitated people stated seeking early trial of the suspects.

On the other hand, Sumaiya Akhter, a ninth grader of Bakshimul High School in Mohonpur Upazila under Rajshahi, committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan late on May 16.

She left a note where she wrote that she took her life because she was unable to bear the insult and social stigma after being abducted and raped.

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