For the first time, Bangladesh passes the verdict under the Torture and Custodial Death (Prevention) Act of 2013. Dipto Paul Reports.
Three policemen have been sentenced by Bangladeshi court this week for the charge over the custodial death of Ishtiaque Hossain Jonny in 2014.
Former sub-inspector of Pallabi Police Station, Jahidur Rahman has been given to life imprisonment and the other 2 officers have been accused to seven years’ jail.
The police officers are also told to give compensations to Jonny’s family.
Barrister Sara Hossain said, “I think it is an important day because it marks an important step forward in getting accountability for acts of custodial torture by the police. There are many more cases that haven’t reached the court as people are too frightened.”
A few months ago George Floyd was killed by police which raised public debate about police brutality and racism over the world.
“I think this is a moment we need to record and recognize that at least the law finally has worked in the way that it should,” Sara added.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, “If any accident occurs while carrying out their duties, it occurs unusually. But the government is not sparing anyone and it is taking appropriate actions against those responsible. Nobody can say that we are sparing anyone involved in crimes.”
The Ishtiaque Hossain Jonny case was filed in the year 2014 by her brother Rocky and it took six years to gain Justice for Jonny.