Court issues arrest warrant against SI Ratan

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Dhaka, Feb 16: A court in Dhaka on Tuesday issued arrest warrant against a Adabor police officer on charges of sexually harassing a university student.

Dhaka’s Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-4 judge Saleh Uddin Ahmed issued the arrest warrant after a judicial probe report found Adabor police Sub Inspector (SI) Ratan Kumar Halder guilty of harassing the woman.

Amid growing cases of police highhandedness, the woman, wife of a leader of pro-BNP Juba Dal, filed a complaint with the tribunal, which then ordered a judicial probe.

On February 10, the investigation panel of Dhaka’s Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sheikh Hafizur Rahman submitted the report to the Tribunal, which found the allegations to be true.

The victim alleged that SI Halder had sexually harassed her in the pretext of conducting a search.

She said that Halder had stopped her while she was returning home from her university on a rickshaw and SI Ratan asked her to go to a nearby shop where he conducted the “search”.

She also accused that despite her repeated request for conducting search by a female police or in the presence of other women of the neighbourhood, or in a police station, but Halder ignored it.

“He also threatened to frame me as a prostitute and Yaba peddler,” she added.

The husband of the victim was detained in connection with a separate incident of violence. He is currently out on bail.

SI Halder, on the other hand, said that he had met the victim at the police station when she had gone there in the past in connection with her husband’s case.

“I just inquired about her husband, nothing more,” he claimed.

Halder was withdrawn from duty following the allegation and the Dhaka Metropolitan Police opened two separate inquiries over the matter.

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