Sexual harassment: Judicial probe finds cop guilty

Court Correspondent

A judicial inquiry found true the allegation of sexual harassment of a university student by Adabor police station sub-inspector Ratan Kumar Howlader.
Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Emdadul Haque submitted the judicial probe report to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.
Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Sheikh Hafizur Rahman sent the report to Dhaka Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-4 on the day.
The tribunal judge, Saleh Uddin Ahmed, posted for February 16 to pass the order on whether the tribunal would take cognisance of the probe report, said tribunal’s bench assistant Forkan Miah.
In the inquiry, Emdadul Haque recorded depositions of five witnesses ­– the victim, her husband, mother, human haulier driver Md Sukkur Ali, and shopkeeper Khokon.
The report said that examining the depositions of the witnesses it was proved that the allegation
was true.
According to the witnesses, Sub-inspector Ratan and two other cops of Adabor police station stopped the university student’s rickshaw at about 3:00pm on January 31 while she was on her way to a bookstore on Nurjahan Road at Mohammadpur.
The cops confined the ASA University student to an electronics shop in front of Japan Garden City on Ring Road and harassed her for about 45 minutes, claiming that she was a yaba peddler.
The asked the shopkeeper to leave the shop shuttering it and then he opened her jacket and handbag and sexually harassed her in the name of frisking her.
Later, the victim filed a case against the cops with the tribunal.
The Tribunal on February 1 ordered the judicial inquiry into the allegation.

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