Monday 15 July 2019

Policeman held for revealing sex abuse claim

Bangladeshi prime minister Sheikh Hasina. Photo: PA
Bangladeshi prime minister Sheikh Hasina. Photo: PA

John Stonestreet

Bangladeshi authorities have arrested a senior policeman accused of sharing on social media the recording of an official complaint of sexual harassment made by a teenage girl who was later burned to death.

Moazzem Hossain, who is suspended from duty, had been in hiding since late May, when the cyber tribunal court warrant was issued against him over sharing the complaint by Nusrat Jahan.

A police spokesman said he had been arrested after a tip-off and "will be soon produced to the court", where he will face charges of violating digital security laws.

In a case that sparked public outrage and mass protests across Bangladesh, college student Ms Jahan was burned to death in April after she refused to withdraw an allegation of sexual harassment against the principal of the school she attended.

According to a charge sheet against 16 people accused of involvement in the case, Ms Jahan died in hospital after students poured kerosene over her and set her on fire. The attack was allegedly at the instruction of the principal and he is one of those charged.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina met Ms Jahan's family and assured them her killers would be punished.

Ms Jahan registered her complaint at a police station in the south-eastern town of Noakhali, where Mr Hossain was then in charge.

He allegedly recorded her deposition and shared it on social media.

Irish Independent

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