Update July 28, 2019

Dhaka 5-22 am, 14-August, 2020

Writ seeks Tk 50m damages for Renu’s family

Mirajul Moin Joy

A lawyer moved the High Court on Sunday seeking an order from it to provide Tk 50 million in compensation to Badda lynching victim Taslima Begum Renu’s family, reports UNB.

The writ petition filed in the morning sought payment of Tk 1 million within 15 days.

It also sought directives to formulate a separate law to try people involved in mob-beating and a ruling on why the defendants’ failure to save Renu should not be declared illegal.

Besides, the writ, filed by Supreme Court lawyer Ishrat Hasan, seeks directive to erase all rumour-related posts from Facebook.

The bench of justice Moinul Islam Chowdhury and justice Ashraful Kamal is scheduled to hear the petition later in the day.

Secretaries to the cabinet, home, law and information, and the police chief, Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner and officer-in-charge of Badda police station have been made defendants.

Renu was beaten to death over child abduction rumour at North Badda in the city on 20 July.

Her family said she had gone to the area to look for a suitable school for her children. A video of the incident went viral on Facebook, triggering widespread outrage.

Thirteen suspects have so far been arrested in a case filed over the lynching.

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