Four children have returned back home after a High Court order on Thursday night was issued to release them from the Jessore Juvenile Correctional Centre on charges of rape.
Supreme Court Special Officer Saifur Rahman confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune on Friday.
“The Officer-In-Charge of Bakerganj police station, Abul Kalam, called me at 8:30am this morning (Friday) and informed me that following a High Court order, four children were handed over to their parents from the Jessore Pulerhat Children’s Development Centre.
On Thursday night, in a rare event, the bench of Justice Md Mozibur Rahman Miah and Justice Mohi Uddin Shamim, gave an order to release the accused children at 9pm after learning about the incident from the media.
The court ordered the deputy commissioner of Jessore to release the four children to their parents custody immediately within the night.
The court also asked the concerned judicial magistrate of the district to appear before the High Court bench on October 11.
The OC of Bakerganj police station, and the four children along with their parents, were also ordered to be present on that day, Saifur said.
On Sunday, the four boys, between the ages of seven and nine, were playing with a girl. On Tuesday, the girl’s father filed a case with Bakerganj police station accusing the four boys of raping his daughter.
The court also ordered the director of Barisal Medical College Hospital to send the medical reports of the girl to the High Court bench by 10:30am on October 11.
OC Kalam was ordered to make sure the children are with their parents within Thursday night and to report to the special officer of the High Court the next day, to confirm that the children had reached home safely.
Following the directive of the court, the High Court special officer telephoned the judge of Barisal Children’s Court, the deputy commissioner of Barisal, the director of Barisal Medical College Hospital, the chief judicial magistrate, the concerned senior judicial magistrate, and the OC of Bakerganj police station, to inform them of the matter.
The judge of Barisal Children’s Court also granted bail to the children, the OC added.