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Viqarunnisa teacher Hasna Hena receives conditional bail

  • Published at 11:56 am December 9th, 2018
Viqarunnisa Noon School teacher Hasna Hena, one of the three accused in a case filed over the suicide of student Aritry Adhikhary being escorted out of the court premises by police in Dhaka on December 6, 2018 Dhaka Tribune

Class teacher of ninth-grader Aritry Adhikary, Hasna Hena, was arrested on December 5 for allegedly triggering Aritry's suicide

A Dhaka court has granted bail to Viqarunnisa Noon School and College teacher Hasna Hena.

Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Baki Billah granted her bail until submission of the final police report at 3:30pm on Sunday.

Hasna Hena's lawyer, Jahangir Alam Chowdhury, filed her bail plea. 

Also Read- Court rejects Viqarunnisa teacher’s bail plea

Class teacher of Class 9 of Viqarunnisa Noon School, Hasna Hena, was arrested by the Detective Branch (DB) of police from Dhaka’s Uttara area on December 5 for allegedly provoking Aritry to commit suicide. 

On December 6, a Dhaka court had turned down Hasna’s bail petition and sent her to jail.

Viqarunnisa students protest

Students of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College held protests for three days - from Friday to Sunday - demanding the release of Hasna Hena.

Students also boycotted their classes. They said Hasna Hena was innocent of provoking Aritry's suicide. And as she was only the class teacher, she did not make the decision to expel Aritry. 

Also Read- Viqarunnisa students observe hunger strike demanding Hasna Hena’s release

Guardians and ex-Viqarunnisa students also joined in the protests.

MPO of three Viqarunnisa teachers cancelled

Viqarunnisa authorities sacked acting principal Nazneen Ferdous and morning shift in-charge Zinnat Ara – along with Hasna Hena - following government orders. 

The monthly pay-orders (MPOs) of all three teachers were also cancelled.

Also Read- Viqarunnisa student suicide: 3 teachers lose MPO benefits

Two investigation committees, one government and another of the school, were formed to investigate Aritry's suicide.

What happened?

Aritry committed suicide on December 3, after her parents were summoned to the school and were told she would be given a transfer certificate after she was reportedly caught cheating with the help of a mobile phone, in the examination hall the day before. 

Despite Aritry's father's pleas with the school authorities, his requests were denied and they remained unmoved. 

Also Read- Humiliated by school, student commits suicide

Later, the victim's father, Dilip Adhikary, filed a case with the Paltan police station on December 4, accusing Nazneen, Zinnat, and Hasna Hena. 

The Education Ministry also asked the police and Rapid Action Battalion to take legal action against the teachers.

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