Widow gets bail after spending 20 yrs in jail

Staff Correspondent | Updated at 01:12am on March 09, 2018

Monowara Begum, 45, a poor woman won bail on Thursday after spending 20 years in the jail as she could not appeal against life-term handed to her in an abduction case.
She could not afford lawyer’s fee.
At long last the High Court Division granted her bail as she spent the last two decades inside the Cox’s Bazaar Jail since her arrest on June 18, 1998.
The bench found it convenient to grant her bail during the International Women’s Day celebrations.
It asked the Cox’s Bazaar deputy commissioner and the district’s social services officer to rehabilitate Monowara Begum, if her relatives had no ability to look after her.
Her bail was granted by a bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Shahidul Karim after they heard a petition in which Monowara on January 31, 2017 sought acquittal by setting aside the trial court’s verdict that had sentenced her to life term on November 27, 2001.
Being a poor widow, Monowara sought relief as she could not appeal against the harsh sentence, Supreme Court lawyers Shafiullah and Fazlur Rahman told reporters after moving her bail petition free of charge.