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Harsh sentencing of child: High Court seeks explanation from judge

  • Published at 09:59 pm March 10th, 2021
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File photo shows a general view of the Bangladesh Supreme Court building Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Jessore Children’s Court Judge Mahmuda Khatun has been ordered to submit a written explanation to the court within four weeks

The High Court has asked Jessore Children’s Court Judge Mahmuda Khatun to explain why she sentenced a child to five years’ rigorous imprisonment in a case under the Explosives Act.

She has been ordered to submit a written explanation to the court within four weeks.

The bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman issued the order on Wednesday and granted bail to the juvenile. His age could not be known.

The court wondered why such punishments are being handed down despite much training and asked judges to be more cautious.

The minor and another man, Jahidul Islam Sumon, were arrested by Jhikargachha police on March 9, 2003 with explosives. They were later accused in a case filed under the Explosives Act.

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The Children’s Court of Jessore jailed tthe boy for five years under two sections of the Act in 2019.

The juvenile, now in Jessore jail, moved the High Court. In his jail appeal, he claimed that he had been framed and requested the court to drop all the charges brought against him. 

During Wednesday’s hearing in response to the court’s query, Deputy Attorney General Md Sarwar Hossain Bappi said that the court can admit the appeal and grant bail. The court then granted bail and show caused the judge.

Bappi told reporters that during a hearing on the jail appeal’s acceptability it was found that the petitioner is a child.

“There’s no provision to sentence a child to rigorous imprisonment,” he said. “When the court noticed the matter, it ordered Judge Mahmuda Khatun to submit a written explanation.”

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