OnushondhanNews Desk :
The High Court has ordered the temporary dismissal of the then principal and hostel superintendent of the MC College in Sylhet over the gang-rape of a bride. It has also been directed to take departmental action against them.
The Secretary of the Ministry of Education, the Secretary of the Ministry of Law, and the Vice-Chancellor of the National University have been asked to take action in this regard.
Deputy Attorney General Barrister Nowroz Md. Russell confirmed the court’s order.
A virtual bench of High Court Justice Md Mojibur Rahman Mia and Justice Md Kamrul Hossain Mollah passed the verdict on Wednesday (June 2), the day set by the ruling.
Deputy Attorney General Barrister Nowroz Md. Russell represented the state in the court today. He was accompanied by Assistant Attorney General Barrister Ashik Rubaiyat and Barrister Sarwar Payal. On the other hand, Barristers Mejbahur Rahman and M Abdul Qayyum conducted the hearing on behalf of the petitioners.
Deputy Attorney General Barrister Nowroz Md Russell, counsel for the state, said a hearing was held last March on the rules and investigation report issued by the High Court. The High Court then waited for the verdict. In its continuation, the matter comes up for judgment. The verdict was announced today.
On September 29, 2020, the court issued a rule asking why no disciplinary action would be taken against them for the indifference of the college authorities. At the same time, the High Court constituted a joint inquiry committee comprising judges of the Sylhet Women and Child Abuse Suppression Tribunal, Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, and Additional Deputy Commissioner to investigate the rape case.
The four-member inquiry committee consisted of Sylhet District and Sessions Judge Md Bazlur Rahman, Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge Mominun Nesa, Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Md Abul Kashem, and Sylhet Additional Deputy Commissioner (Overall) Sharmin Sultana. The inquiry committee later submitted a report to the High Court.
According to the report, the organized rape at the MC College dormitory in Sylhet was mainly due to negligence on the part of hostel superintendents and guards. As the head of the institution, the principal of the college cannot avoid responsibility for the incident in any way.
This was stated in the recommendation part of the report of the committee formed to investigate the negligence and responsibility of the concerned including the college authorities in the incident of rape of a young girl in MC College, which was published by the High Court in January 25 this year.
On the night of September 25 last year, a housewife who was going for a walk with her husband was raped in the MC College dormitory. Police then rescued the rape victim and sent her to Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital.
There he returned home after three days of treatment at the OCC. On the same night, the husband of the raped housewife filed a case against six BCL activists at the Shahparan police station.
After this incident, when the brawl started all over the country including Sylhet, the law and order forces launched raids in different places to catch the accused. RAB-9 arrested four people in connection with the incident. Besides, Sylhet district police arrested two persons, Sunamganj and Habiganj police arrested two persons.
After the arrest, the police remanded the eight accused for five days and interrogated them. At the end of the remand, they testified in court under section 164. In the deposition, the main accused Saifur, Tareq, Rony, and Arjun confessed to the rape.
Besides, Rabiul and Mahfuzur confessed to helping in the rape. The suspects Misbauer Rajan and Ainul also testified.