RANGPUR: A court on Tuesday sentenced five persons to 13-year rigorous imprisonment each for instigating a college girl to commit suicide in the city around 23 years ago, reports BSS.
Judge of the Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-1 of Rangpur Md. Zabid Hussaine handed down the sentence against convicts Manik, Ratan, Rana, Babla and Maleka Begum in a crowded courtroom.Three of the convicts Manik, Rana and Babla were present on the dock during pronouncement of the verdict while Ratan and Maleka Begum were on the run.
The prosecution says HSC examinee Rumana Afroz Tondra of Mirpur Ideal College in Dhaka came to her house at Robertsonganj Mandalpara Moholla in Rangpur city in 1996.
In the evening on July 1 in 1996, Tondra went to a nearby shop to purchase a matches box when miscreant Manik with his other cohorts suddenly caught her there in a pre-planned way.
At screaming shout of Tondra, locals started rushing there when Manik and his associates violated her, took her on their shoulders and tried to abduct her from the area.
At one stage, Tondra ran away to her house, came back with an axe and tried alone to create resistance against the criminals.