A Noakhali court on Tuesday sentenced 13 people to 10 years' rigorous imprisonment in a case over torturing a housewife after undressing her at Joykrishnapur village in Begumganj upazila of Noakhali district in September last year.
Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-1 Judge Jainal Abedin handed down the verdict.
The convicts were fined Tk 50,000 each, in default, to suffer three months more imprisonment.
The convicts are Delwar Hossain Dulu, Noor Hossain Badal, Abdur Rahim, Mohammad Ali alias Abul Kalam, Israfil Hossain Miah, Moyeen Uddin Sazu, Shamsuddin Sumon, Abdur Rob Chowdhury, Mostafizur Rahman, Jamal Uddin, Noor Hossain Russel, Mizanur Rahman Tareq and Anwar Hossain Sohag.
Among them, Abdur Rob, Mostafizur Rahman, Jamal Uddin and Mizanur Rahman were tried in absentia.
Earlier on October 4 in 2020, the victim filed the case against nine people of ‘Delwar Bahini’ at Begumganj Model Police Station.
The case was later handed over to the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI). The PBI farmed charges against 13 persons in the case.
The victim was molested by some local miscreants of ‘Delwar Bahini’ at Ward No. 9 of Eklashpur Union on September 2 in 2020.
The incident came to light after a video of the barbaric incident went viral on the internet.
The miscreants tortured the housewife after undressing her and captured it on phone. The video sent a shock wave throughout the country, triggering protests everywhere.
The victim filed two cases accusing nine people 33 days after the incident.
One of the cases was filed under the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act and another under the Pornography Control Act.
Earlier on October 4, the court sentenced Delwar an Abul Kalam to life imprisonment in a case filed over raping the woman.