A Tangail court yesterday sentenced five people to death for gang-raping a madrasa student in 2012.
Khaleda Yasmin, judge of Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal in Tangail, passed the order and also fined the convicts Tk 1 lakh each.
The convicts are Sagar Chandra Sheel, Sujon Moni Rishi, Rajan Chandra, Sanjit Chandra Moni Rishi and Gopi Chandra Sheel of Charaljani and Golabari village in the district’s Madhupur upazila.
Of the convicts, Sanjit and Gopi were on the doc during the verdict. The rest three have been remaining on the run since obtained bail in the case from higher court.
AKM Nasimul Akter, public prosecutor of Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal in Tangail, told The Daily Star that the verdict was given under Section 9(3)/30 of the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act.
As the allegations were proved by the witnesses and evidence, the court gave capital punishment to the all five accused of the case, he said.
Quoting the case statement, the PP also said the victim and Sagar got to know each other through mobile conversation in 2012.
Sagar took the girl to Elenga by a CNG-run three-wheeler when she reached in Shaldair area on her way to the madrasa on January 15 the same year. He later took her to the house of Rajan, his friend and another of the accused, at Charaljani in Madhupur on the same day.
Sagar, by the four other accused, gave the girl pressure for marrying him. The girl, however, refused for marriage after came to acknowledge that Sagar is a Hindu man.
Then Sagar raped the girl at the house on the same night.
They later took the girl beside the Bonshi river at night on January 17 and Sagar and two others raped her on there again and others helped them. They later left her there in unconscious state.
In the morning (January 18), the girl, with the help of locals, went to Madhupur Bus Stand and informed the matter to her brother over phone. Later, her family members went there and took her to the house.
The girl filed a case against the five people with Bhuapur Police Station on the same day.
Police arrested Sujon Chandra Moni Rishi, one of the accused, on the same day and Sujon gave confessional statement to the court under Section 164 on the next day (January 19) admitting his involvement with the incident.
Later the four other accused were also arrested.
After investigation, police submitted a charge sheet against the five. Later, the trial of the case was started with framing charges against the accused on October 29.
The PP expressed his satisfaction over the verdict saying that the victim got justice.
On the other hand, Golam Mostofa, one of the lawyers of the accused, said they were not satisfied over the verdict and they would appeal to the higher court against the verdict.