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Judge who suggested police not to accept rape cases after 72 hours asked not to sit in court

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Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-7 judge Mosammat Kamrunnahar, who suggested police not to accept rape cases 72 hours of rape incidents in her observations, has been directed not to sit in court seizing her judicial power.

Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain has issued the directive in consultation with senior judges of the Supreme Court.

In his directive, the Chief Justice directed judge Begum Mosammat Kamrunnahar to sit in court from 9:30am on Sunday.

Seizing the judicial power of judge Kamrunnahar temporarily, a letter was sent from the Supreme Court to the Ministry of Law in the morning to attach her to the Law and Justice Division withdrawing her from her present work place.

Earlier on Thursday (November 11), pronouncing the verdict in the much-talked about Banani’s Raintree Hotel rape case, judge Kamrunnahar suggested police not to accept any rape case if anyone approches them 72 hours after the rape.

Judge Kamrunnahar also acquitted five accused including Apon Jewellers proprietor Dildar Ahmed’s son Shafat Ahmed from the case citing that “no evidence of rape was proved against them.”

In her observation, the judge also said “both the victims (plaintiffs) of the case were habituated in sexual relations from earlier. They went to the hotel voluntarily. They also swam at the hotel’s swimming pool. After 38 days into the incident, they claimed that ‘we became the victims of rape.’ Being influenced, the investigation officer (IO) of the case submitted chargesheet against the accused, resulting the waste of 94 working days of the tribunal. I suggest police to remain cautious about it from now on. I also suggest police not to accept any case if anybody approaches them 72 hours after rape.”

In a reaction, Law Minister Anisul Huq on Saturday termed judge Kamrunnahar remarks “unlawful and unconstitutional.”

At the same time, he said he would write to the Chief Justice requesting to seize the judicial power of the judge.

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