A Dhaka court on Sunday sent Sub-Inspector Ratan Kumar Halder of Adabar Police Station to jail after rejecting his bail pleas on the charge of sexually harassing a female ASA University student in the city. Judge Saleh Uddin Ahmed of the Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-4 of Dhaka passed the order after hearing on the bail petition filed by Ratan’s lawyer. The court on February 16, issued arrest warrant against SI Ratan Kumar after it took into cognizance of the charge sheet on the same day.
According to case statement, on February 01, Farhana Akhter, a first-year student of ASA University, filed the case against Ratan Kumar. Later, Metropolitan Magistrate Emdadul Haque recorded the depositions of five witnesses including the victim’s husband and her mother to submit the probe report that found the allegation of sexually harassing the victim true. Later, the then Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sheikh Hafizur Rahman submitted the judicial report to the court.
The student told the court in her complaint that SI Ratan and two police constable stopped her rickshaw in front of Japan Garden City on January 31, when she was on her way to a bookstore at Nurjahan Road, near Shia Mosque in Mohammedpur area and started accusing her of being a Yaba peddler.
The victim also alleged that the policemen then took her to a nearby electronics shop, and searched her vanity bag and harassed her sexually in Mohammadpur area. A judicial inquiry was ordered after the victim filed the case. Two probe committees were formed by Dhaka Metropolitan Police and Tejgaon Division of Police to investigate into the allegation. The court asked the police to submit their compliance report on March 16, on whether the accused was arrested or not.