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Baishakhi celebration: HC issues suo moto rule over sexual assault on women

WT24 Desk
The High Court on Thursday directed the authorities concerned to submit report to it in a month on what actions were taken against those who assaulted women sexually on the Dhaka University campus Tuesday evening during the Pahela Baishakh celebration.
The court also asked the authorities responsible to explain why it would not order action at their failure to ensure safety of people and thwart such incidents.
The inspector general of police and the vice-chancellor of Dhaka University have been ordered to submit the report probing into the incidents before the HC by May 17. Issuing a suo moto rule, The High Court bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice Abu Taher Mohammad Saifur Rahman also fixed May 17 for passing further order on this issue.
The secretary of home ministry, Dhaka University vice-chancellor, the inspector general of police, Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner, deputy commissioner of DMP Ramna division and officer-in-charge of Shahbagh police station have been made respondents to the rule.
The bench came up with the order and rule following the reports published by four national dailieson Thursday over the incidents.
The incident, which happened close to writer Avijit’s murder scene, ignited fury on social networking sites. Several organisations condemned the assault and demanded immediate arrest of the attackers.

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