Shahanur Records Another Success in his Bid to Free Bangladesh from Torture
Posted by Shahanur Islam at January 10th, 2011
In his continuing bid to end torture in Bangladesh, JusticeMaker Shahanur Islam Saikot, has offered legal aid to ethnic and racial minorities in and around Dhaka. His latest case is the story of Shila Mollick, a housewife tortured by the police for reporting a crime.
On January 04, 2011 Justices A H M Shamsuddin Chowdhury and Sheikh Zakir Hossain issued summons for Madaripur district police superintendent, Sarder Tamijuddin Ahmed, and officer-in-charge (OC), M Moshiur Rahman, who stand accused of torturing Shila.
Shila’s husband had previously been severely assaulted and she felt the police had not sufficiently investigated the case. On October 05 2010, Shila wanted to lodge a complaint highlighting the negligent behaviour of the officers. According to her account, the police superintendant, Mr. Sarder, was unhappy by her statement and tried to force her to withdraw the case. When she refused, he violently assaulted Shila causing significant injuries to her arm, neck and back. Fearing further recriminations, Shila dared not approach the local hospital, and instead had to wait two days before visiting Dhaka Medical College Hospital, on October 07.
Shila took her case to Shahanur, who documented the claim and alerted the authorities to Shila’s plight. Since these issues have come to light, the courts have issued an order asking the home secretary, law secretary, police inspector general and deputy inspector general to investigate her complaints. The superintendant and officer in charge are now required to ensure Shila’s safety while the case progresses. The law secretary has been asked to form an investigative committee.
All of this is due to the work of Shahanur, who, through the JusticeMaker grant, is able to support the powerless in their struggle for justice. To ensure that this does not happen again, Shahanur will also file another case with the chief magistrate court pressing criminal charges against the perpetrators within the next week.