NHRC stands by N’ganj women

Staff Correspondent

20 February, 2019 12:00 AM printer

National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque said that they will provide legal assistance to the three women who were subjected to barbaric torture in Narayanganj recently.

“The incident is very pathetic and a gross violation of human rights. We will provide legal assistance to the women and put pressure on the authorities to arrest all the criminals,” he said at a press conference at the commission secretariat in Karwan Bazar in the capital on Tuesday.

The three women were tied to a tree for two hours and mercilessly beaten with a rod after one of them was falsely accused of being a sex worker.

The NHRC Chairman said a team of the commission entrusted with the responsibility to look into the incident has visited the scene of the crime and talked with the victims, law enforcement agencies and administration and found the women innocent.

Perpetrators involved in the physical abuse leveled false allegation against the trio, he added.

Kazi Reazul Hoque said that a case has been filed and one of the criminals has already been nabbed.

The team is comprised of NHRC member Banchita Chakma, Director Al-Mahmud Faizul Kabir and Deputy Director Gazi Salahuddin.

Al-Mahmud Faizul Kabir said: “The three women have been tortured in a medieval way. We talked to local police administration and they assured us that the criminals will be brought to justice.”

The woman who was accused falsely said: “I lent Tk 1.37 lakh to Jibon a few months ago.

As he refused to pay me back, I sought cooperation from union council member, Yousuf, on Saturday, but he ignored the issue. Then Jibon and his accomplices attacked my house and tortured us and also accused me of being a sex worker.”

In response a question about Badal Farazi, who is wrongly convicted of committing a murder in India and is now serving a life sentence, the NHRC chief said they have taken steps to ensure justice for Badal Farazi.

“We met Badal Farazi in Keraniganj Central Jail. A delegation will go to India in March to collect evidence and also meet the human rights commission in Delhi. Besides, we have communicated the national rights body of India to provide assistance to Badal,” Reazul said.

Badal Farazi was serving a life sentence in India for a decade before he returned to Bangladesh in July last year.