Two get life term for stealing newborn from DMCH
A court in Dhaka on Tuesday sentenced two people to life term imprisonment for stealing newborn babies from Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) and trafficking these about a decade ago.
The lifers are: Jharna Begum, a resident of Boardbazar Kunuapachu area in Gazipur, and Manik of Chanmara slum at Fatullah in Narayanganj.
Third Anti-Human Trafficking Offence Tribunal Judge Jayashree Samadder handed down the verdict.
The court also fined them Tk 50,000 each, in default, to suffer another 6 months in jail.
Convict Manik is currently in jail, and Jharna is fugitive.
The court acquitted DMCH’s guard Abdul Matin and special nurse Shila from the charges.
According to the case statement, a woman was detained along with a newborn child from a house in Rampura Wapda Road under Khilgaon Police Station. The woman confessed that the child is not her own. Police also rescued another child from that building.
Police investigation found that the children were theft from Dhaka Medical College Hospital by Jharna and Manik in association with the hospital guard Matin and nurse Shila.
In January 2006, a case was filed with Khilgaon Police Station in this connection under Anti-Human Trafficking Offence Act.
During the investigation, the accused gave the confessional statement under section 164.
Earlier in December 2005, a case was filed with Sabujbagh Police Station in Dhaka on charges of stealing a newborn from DMCH.