NOAKHALI: After 13 years, a man has been sentenced to life imprisonment for raping a schoolgirl of Chatkhil upazila in the district in 2007.
The convicted accused is Md Shahid, 30, of Ramnarayanpur village in the upazila, has been on the run since the incident. District Judge Joynal Abdin of Noakhali Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-1 handed down the verdict on Tuesday afternoon in absence of the convict.The court also fined the condemned Tk 20,000, if the fine not be paid the convict would languish three more months in jail.
According to the case details, threatening a 16-year old tenth grader with arms, Md Shahid raped her on the night of March 2 in 2007.
Local dignitaries took several attempts to negotiate the incident through arbitration, but, all efforts ended in failure.
Later, the victim lodged a rape case with Chatkhil Police Station on June 24, 2007, after about three months of the incident.