Stamford students continue rally seeking justice for Rubaiya

Staff Correspondent | Published: 18:38, Dec 07,2019 | Updated: 00:05, Dec 08,2019


Stamford University students demonstrate for the second day on Saturday at Siddheshwari in Dhaka demanding justice for the alleged murder of their fellow Rubaiya Sharmin Rumpa on Wednesday. — Sony Ramany

Several hundred students of Stamford University Bangladesh continued demonstrations for the second consecutive day on Saturday at Siddheshwari and Dhanmondi in Dhaka demanding justice for the alleged murder of their fellow Rubaiya Sharmin Rumpa on Wednesday.

The protesters said they would go for tougher agitation movement if the government fails to ensure quick justice to the murder.

Witnesses said the students in presence of teachers held placards demanding justice for Rubaiya and also chanted slogans seeking  women’s safety.

Ramna police officer-in-charge Manirul Islam said police could not arrest anyone yet in the murder case filed by Ramna police sub-inspector Abul Khayer although their investigation continued.

Ramna police on Wednesday found the body of Rubaiya, 21, a second year student of English at Stamford University, between two high-rises at Siddheshwari area, just opposite to Criminal Investigation Department headquarters.

Immediately, her body was sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital for post mortem examination as an unidentified body. Later her family members identified the body as Rubaiya, daughter of Rokan Uddin, an inspector of the police posted in Habiganganj.

Rubaiya used to live with her family at Shantibagh in the capital.

Dhaka Medical College forensic department head Sohel Mahmud said the victim fell from height and died.

Manirul Islam said they were not sure whether she was killed or the incident was a suicide.

Demonstrating student alleged the victim might be killed after she was raped.

Police said after post mortem examination report they could be sure about many things of the incident.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh Student Right Protection Council and Bangladesh Chhatra Federation on Saturday held separate human chains in front of the National Museum demanding justice for Rubaiya.

They demanded that the accused be handed exemplary punishment so that ‘no one could dare to think of doing such a ghastly and barbaric act against women in the future.’

Addressing the human chain of Bangladesh Student Right Protection Council joint convener Nurul Huq Nur, also Dhaka University Central Student Union vice-president, said though three days already passed, law enforcers were yet to arrest anyone which was shameful.

He also urged students across the country to wage tougher movement to curb the tentacles of rapists and murderers.

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