Govt asked to probe Sonagazi madrasa body president’s role over Nusrat murder
Published : Tuesday, 16 July, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 752
The High Court (HC) on Monday directed the government to investigate the allegations of inaction of Feni Additional District Magistrate PKM Enamul Karim, also the President of the governing body of Sonagazi Islamia Fazil Madrasa, over sexual harassment of its student Nusrat Jahan Rafi, who later died in an arson attack.
The court ordered the Education Ministry and Public Administration Ministry to take action against Enamul Karim if he is found guilty in enquiry and submit a report before it after on August 20.
The HC bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader came up with the order after hearing a writ petition filed by Supreme Court lawyer Advocate Eunus Ali Akond seeking a necessary order.
The court also issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why the reluctance of PK Enamul Karim to take steps after the sexual assault on Nusrat should not be declared illegal and why necessary action should not be taken against him.
Secretaries to the Home, Public Administration and Education Ministries and the Inspector General of Police have been made respondents to the rule. The petition seeking an investigation into Enamul Karim's inaction was submitted to the court following a report published in the Samakal newspaper. Deputy Attorney General ABM Abdullah Al Mahmud Bashar argued for the state.
According to the report, Nusrat along with her mother on April 4 went to ADM Enamul Karim and sought punishment for Principal Siraj Ud Doula of the madrasa. But the ADM asked Nusrat to hush up the matter.
"Why've you come to me? You've already filed a case. If you had not filed the case against him then I would have looked into it. The principal is a bad guy and it's known to all. Why've you (Nusrat) gone to him and once you went to him then why didn't you take the matter easily?" said Enamul.