Six schoolgirls have been saved from child marriage in a single day in Sirajganj Sadar upazila, thanks to the efforts of Assistant Commissioner (Land) and Executive Magistrate Anisur Rahman.
He first foiled the marriage of Jannati Khatun, 14, daughter of Sama Shekih of Kanu village, was stopped on Friday afternoon.
In another drive, he stopped the marriage of Subarna Khatun, 16, daughter of Abu Hanif of Baghbati village in the evening.
The marriages of ninth grader Atia Khatun, 14, daughter of late Akabr Ali of Paikosha village, 10th grader Nupur, 15, daughter of Hafizul of Kangati village, and seventh grader Lima Khatun, 12, daughter of Sanwar Hossain of Maligati village, were also foiled, paving the way for them to continue their studies.
The mobile court fined the guardians Tk 20,000 while a kazi was fined Tk 50,000.
At the same time, the magistrate took undertaking from the parents that they would not marry off their daughters before they turn 18.
Bangladesh has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world. The country has been taking various steps to improve the situation.
A mobile court sentenced a journalist to one year in jail and fined him Tk 50,000 for possession of 'liquor and hemp'.
The arrestee, Ariful Islam Rigan, is the district correspondent of online news portal Bangla Tribune.
“A taskforce of police, Ansar, and Department of Narcotics Control arrested Ariful with 450ml local liquor and 100g hemp at midnight,” said Rintu Bikash Chakma, executive magistrate of the taskforce.
“The mobile court sentenced him to one year imprisonment and fined him Tk 50,000 after he confessed his part,” he added.
But Ariful’s wife Mostarima Sardar Nitu claimed that a group of law enforcers entered their home at Charuapara around midnight and took away her husband forcefully.
“They didn’t say anything why he’s being arrested,” she added.
A couple suffered burns in a fire that originated from a gas line leakage at Kanchpur of Sonargaon upazila in Narayanganj early Saturday.
The victims are – Ashraf, 45 and his wife Rozina, 35. They suffered 75 and 63 percent burns respectively.
Inspector Bacchu Miah, in-charge of Dhaka Medical College Hospital police outpost, said they initially assume that there was a leakage in the gas pipeline.
The fire started when the oven was being lit in the morning.
After bringing the fire under control, the injured were rescued and brought to DMCH, Bachchu said.
A teenage street girl was reportedly raped at Biman Math of Uttara early Saturday.
Police said the victim is about 14-year-old.
The incident took place around 1:30am.
Locals rescued the victim and took her to Kurmitola General Hospital around 3:30am.
“She was later shifted to One Stop Crisis Centre of Dhaka Medical College Hosital,” said Sharif Hossain, duty officer of Airport Police Station.
Members of Indian Border Security Force (BSF) picked a Bangladeshi national up from Khetarchar frontier area in Roumari upazila on Friday night.
Locals said the BSF troops chased a group of 15 Bangladeshis cattle traders when they got close to pillar No. 1056 at night and dragged away Ismail Hossain alias Kalu, son of Belal Hossain of Chargram in Datbhanga upazila.
“We've tried to contact BSF to discuss it , but couldn’t reach them yet,” said Lt Col SM Azad, commanding officer of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) battalion-35.