Rape, Murder Of O-Level Student

Ensure quick justice

Victim’s mother demands

Staff Correspondent

14 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The mother of O-level girl student, who was allegedly murdered after rape in Kalabagan in the capital, demanded that steps be taken to hold the trial of alleged murderer under speedy trial tribunal.

She raised the demand at a press conference arranged by Bangladesh Mahila Parishad at the National Press Club in the capital on Wednesday.

She also demanded a fair investigation into the murder and a transparent DNA test with bringing prime suspect Fardin Iftekhar Dihan and his accomplices to book.

“On January 7, Dihan and his fellows kidnapped my daughter and took her to his (Dihan) residence. My daughter was inhumanely tortured, raped and later murdered. And Dihan informed me that my daughter lost consciousness,” said the ill-fated mother.

“I went to the hospital where she was taken and saw Dihan and his friends, who grasped my legs and asked me to save them. When I wanted to see my daughter, they did not allow me.

“When I asked them how my daughter died, they said that they (four) took her to Dihan’s residence and she became unconscious. When I asked whether there was any female friend with her, they replied in the negative and said they were only four male friends. Hearing it, I could realise what happened there.

“Police did not register the case the way we wanted. Vested interests are trying to save Dihan and his friends and to attack my daughter’s character, saying my daughter was in a relationship with Dihan. It’s totally baseless,” she said.

Dr Fauzia Moslem, acting president of the organisation, said that the path Dihan chose was due to the roles of his family, society and the state. 

She said doctors said that no sign of torture was found on the body of the girl, but her mother showed a photo that had injury marks on the back.

She said as per the order of the High Court, the Education Ministry will have to take initiative to form ‘Sexual Harassment Complaint Cell’ at each educational institution.

After the death of the girl, police detained Dihan and his three friends. Later, Dihan was shown arrested while the rest were released.