National Human Rights Commission on Tuesday suggested the government to take necessary measures to ensure quick trial and exemplary punishment for the killers of Nusrat Jahan Rafi.
The commission also sent letters to different government bodies, including the home ministry and the office of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), for taking necessary measures in this regard.“The killing of Nusrat is a heinous crime. Those, who are involved in the killing, have committed an unpardonable offence,” NHRC Chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque told the reporters at his office in the capital.
“If we cannot ensure exemplary punishment for the perpetrators immediately, this sort of crime will continue unabated,” he said.
“We want to see the speedy trial of the killers so that it can be set as an example that offenders in such case cannot go unpunished,” he added.
The NHRC chairman called Nusrat a valiant woman for her strong voice and courageous protest against repression on women.
“We’ve heard from media reports that the police recorded the case under Section 54 instead of Section 10 of Women and Children Repression Prevention Act. Arrest under Section 54 is bailable,” he said.
In the event of ‘sexual harassment’, the case was supposed to be recorded under Section 10. The arrest under this section is non-bailable, he added.“A video clip containing conversation of former Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Sonagazi police station and Nusrat showed that she was being repeatedly asked how she was harassed by principal Siraj-ud-Daula,” the NHRC chairman said.
“According to law, asking a repressed woman in such manner is a clearly offence. The OC also released the video clip in the social media flouting the Digital Security Act,” he said.
Though the OC was closed, it was not a punishment he deserves in accordance with the Digital Security Act, he added.
“Principal Siraj-ud-Daula committed the same offence when he was a teacher of another madrasa in 1996. Many girls of the madrasa reportedly became victim of his harassment, but none dare to disclose the matter. How such a man could be appointed as a principal of a madrasa?” he questioned.
NHRC has done an investigation into the murder case. The commission will send it to the government with some recommendations. A copy will also be sent to the IGP so that they can take appropriate action against the former OC of Sonagazi Police Station, he said.
The NHRC also found negligence of the district administration and asked the government to take necessary action against them.
Apart from this, the report also recommended for ensuring safety of Nusrat’s family, reformation of the madrasa governing body, and action against the collaborators the principal.
NHRC members Enamul Hoque Chowdhury and Professor Akhter Hussain, Director (Complaint & Inquiry) AL-Mahmud Faizul Kabir, and Deputy Director Rabiul Islam also attended the program.