The High Court has directed the Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal of Barishal to instantly grant bail to four children who were sent to a child development center in connection with a rape case.
Aged between 10 and 11, the children are facing a case for allegedly violating a six-year old in Bakerganj.
The bail order was also communicated to Jashore authorities and the deputy commissioner of Jashore asking them to send the children to their guardians with proper protection.
A division bench of Justice Md Mozibur Rahman Miah and Justice Mohi Uddin Shamim passed the order Thursday night following a TV report.
The rape allegedly took place in Bakerganj on October 6 and the victim's father filed the case on the same day.
Bakerganj police arrested the four children on October 7 and produced them before the Senior Judicial Magistrate Enayet Ullah who rejected bail petition, sending them to correction centre.
The HC ordered release of four children from Children Development Centre in Jashore's Pulerhat on bail and handover of them to guardians.
Senior Judicial Magistrate of Barishal Enayet Ullah, who rejected the bail petition of the children, will have to appear before the HC on Sunday to place his explanation for rejecting the bail petition.
The HC also ordered the OC of Bakerganj Police Station to appear along with the children and their guardians on Sunday.
It further asked the Registrar of Barishal Medical College Hospital to submit the medical report of the victim of the alleged rape incident to this court within the deadline.