The Tangail Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal on Thursday sentenced five people to death for raping and injuring a madrassah girl at a village under Bhuapur upazila in the district in 2012.
Judge Khaleda Yasmin pronounced the verdict fining the convicts – Sanjit Chandra Rishi, 28, of Charaljani village and Gopi Chandra Sheel, 30, Sagor Chandra Sheel, 33, Sujon Moni Rishi, 28, and Rajon Chandra, 26 of Golabari village under Madhupur upazila in Tangail – Tk 1 lakh each.
Sanjit and Gopi heard the verdict from the dock while Sagor, Sujon and Rajon remained in hiding.
Special public prosecutor Nasimul Akhtar said that Sagar became acquainted with the victim over mobile phone and he abducted her on January 15, 2012.
Sagar raped the victim keeping her confined to his residence after she had rejected his marriage proposal.
He said that the convicts on January 17, 2012, took the victim on the bank of River Bangshi, raped her and left the place leaving her grievously injured.
The victim had filed a case with Bhuapur police station on January 18, 2012, after being rescued by the locals from the river bank.
Police arrested Sujon, who mentioned the name of four others involved in the rape.
The verdict came two days after the government had amended the Prevention of Women and Children Repression Act 2000 on Tuesday through an ordinance, introducing the death penalty for rape.
The public prosecutor, however, confirmed New Age that the verdict was handed under an old provision of the act, which stipulated the death sentence for causing death or injury after rape.
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