HC Judges hear Oishee to assess her mental health

HC Judges hear Oishee to assess her mental health

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Dhaka – In a bid to assess the mental health of death row convict Oishee Rahman, two High Court judges heard her statement in the chamber on Monday.Oishee, found guilty of murdering her parents, was brought to the court on Monday morning by the prison authorities following an order of a High Court bench of Justice Jahangir Hossain Selim and Justice Md Jahangir Hossain.
At the beginning of the hearing, the court said that a report filed by some physicians of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) says the girl has been diagnosed mentally ill.
A petition over the matter has earlier been filed with the court and the court ordered to produce her before it. Oishee was taken to the chamber, where judges heard her for 15 minutes in presence of her counsels and the prosecution lawyers. After she completed giving her statement, she was sent back to the prison. The court then heard the arguments on behalf of the State and defence.
On April 3, the High Court Division of the Supreme Court ordered the inspector general of prisons to produce the girl before it.
Later, Oishee's counsel Sujit Chatterjee Bappy told newsmen ‘Oishee was deranged at the time of committing murder. None will kill his or her parents in the right state of mind.’
Lawyer Jyotirmoy Barua filed a petition in 2013, on which the High Court ordered the BSMMU to examine her mental health. On April 26, 2014, BSMMU submitted a report after diagnosing Oishee with mental illness. She is now lodged at the Kashimpur prison of Gazipur.
In November 2015, a speedy trial tribunal of Dhaka awarded death penalty to Oishee for killing her parents. Her friend Mizanur Rahman was given two-year imprisonment for abetting her the murder. However, the third defendant Asaduzzaman Jony, another friend of Oishee, was acquitted of the charge of abetment.
On Aug 16, 2013, the decomposed bodies of Inspector Mahfuzur Rahman and his wife Swapna Rahman were found in their Chamelibagh apartment in the capital. The bloodstained bodies were found in a locked bathroom of the apartment.
Police said Oishee mixed sleeping pills in the coffee to make her parents unconscious.
Later, she stabbed her mother and then her father to death. After the killings, the tender- age girl left the apartment with her younger brother.
The slain police officer’s brother lodged a murder case the next day. Oishee surrendered to police the same day.
In March 2014, police submitted the charge sheet of the case against Oishee, her two friends and the underage domestic help of the family to the court. The domestic help is being tried at a juvenile court.
In November 2015, the trial court pronounced death sentence for Oishee. The verdict was forwarded the High Court for it approval. On December 6 of the same year, Oishee filed a petition challenging the trial court's verdict. The apex court started hearing the matters on March 12, this year.

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