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Court sets March 15 for charge hearing on BGB case against BLAST worker

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:07, Mar 12,2021

 
 

A court in Cox’s Bazar on Thursday set March 15 for hearing whether a female worker of the Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust would be charged in a defamation case filed by a Border Guard Bangladesh official over her allegations of sexual harassment at a roadside BGB check-post in the district.

The BGB headquarters in a statement on Thursday said that one of the judicial magistrate courts in Cox’s Bazar set March 15 for the hearing on whether charge would be framed against the NGO worker.

Academics, lawyers and rights activists have condemned the filing of the defamation case against the BLAST worker and demanded a neutral, proper and independent investigation into the incident.

The BLAST worker complained about sexual harassment against female BGB personnel during a search on October 8, 2020.

She got admission to the One Stop Crisis Centre in Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital.

BLAST in its statement on October 13, 2020 stated that it had received an allegation of one of its female colleagues of sexual abuse at a BGB checkpoint in Teknaf on October 8, 2020.

On November 10, 2020 Cox’s Bazar senior judicial magistrate Tamanna Farah, after receiving a complaint of BGB nayek subedar Md Ali Molla against the female worker, asked the Teknaf police officer-in-charge to submit a report in seven working days about the incident.

According to the complaint, the BGB officer accused the worker for defaming the image of the force with her ‘imaginary allegation’ of rape against BGB members.

She also ‘allured’ a number of media outlets to report the incident on the basis of her statement, it said.

The BGB estimated that with the news reports caused a damage of Tk 100 crore to the force.

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