Gang rape at Sylhet MC College: Court accepts chargesheet
Publish- January 12, 2021, 03:07 PM
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Update- January 12, 2021, 03:17 PM
Police say they found direct involvement of six accused in the MC College gang rape incident while two others abetted them. File photo
A Sylhet tribunal on Tuesday accepted chargesheet against eight men accused of gang-raping a woman at MC College.
Woman and Child Repression Prevention Tribunal Judge Mohammad Mohitul Haque Chowdhury took the chargesheet into cognisance in presence of all accused, said Public Prosecutor of the tribunal Rashida Syeda Khanam.
The plaintiff did not file any objection petition against the chargesheet.
On December 3, police pressed charges against eight accused in the gang rape case.
Investigation officer of the case Indranil Bhattacharya submitted the chargesheet before the court of Sylhet Metropolitan Magistrate Abul Kashem, said Additional Deputy Commissioner of Sylhet Metropolitan Police BM Ashrafullah Taher.
The rape incident at MC College and another in Noakhali fuelled countrywide protests against sexual violence against women that prompted the government to amend the relevant law with a provision of capital punishment for rape.
The much-talked-about 'Women and Children Repression Prevention (Amendment) Bill, 2020' was then passed in Parliament on November 17 for ensuring death penalty as the highest punishment for the heinous crime of rape.
The Cabinet approved the amendment on Oct 12 last year. A day later, the President promulgated an ordinance in this regard.
From then till Dec 31, the Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK) said 160 incidents of rape took place.
Last year, 1,627 women fell victim to rape. Fifty-three of them were murdered after rape and 14 of the victims took their own lives, according to ASK.
But the actual number is believed to be higher as many victims choose not to report assaults fearing for their safety.