A Dhaka court has sentenced lone accused Md Mojnu to life in prison in the case filed over the rape of a Dhaka University (DU) student at Dhaka’s Kurmitola area.
He was also fined Tk 50,000, in default, six months more in prison term.
Judge Begum Mosammat Quamrunnahar of the Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal 7 in Dhaka gave the verdict around 3:08pm on Thursday.
During the hearing, Mojnu was violent in the courtroom and hurled abuses at everyone — including judges, police and public prosecutors.
Earlier on January 5, a second year student of Dhaka University was raped in Kurmitola after she mistakenly got off a bus there around 7pm on her way to a friend’s house at Joar Sahara, also known as Shewra.
The incident caused shockwaves and triggered massive protests by students and humanitarian organizations across the country.
The rape survivor’s father filed a case with Cantonment police station over the incident, which was transferred to the Detective Branch of Police on January 6.
On January 8, the Rapid Action Battalion arrested Mojnu in Shewra rail crossing area. He gave a statement before a Dhaka court confessing his involvement in the crime on January 16.
On March 16, the DB submitted the charge sheet before a court in Dhaka against the lone accused in the case.