Hossen Sohel for DOT
 A tribunal in Dhaka yesterday sentenced Md Majnu to life-term imprisonment for raping a Dhaka University student in the capital’s Kurmitola area in January of this year, reported bdnews24.com, The Daily Star.
 Judge Begum Mosammat Quamrunnahar of the Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-7 of Dhaka handed down the verdict in presence of the accused inside a packed courtroom.
 The judge also fined him Tk 50,000, in default of which he will suffer six more months in jail.  In her judgment, the judge said the prosecution was able to prove — beyond doubt — the charges against the accused of raping the student, and he was given the highest punishment for his offences.
 The judge observed that the accused had committed a heinous offence by raping the student, for which he deserved the highest punishment mentioned in the existing law.
 This judgment will send a clear message to other rapists like Majnu, the judge hoped.
Before judgement, the accused told journalists he was tortured into giving confessional statements before the magistrate.
 Four others raped the victim but he was implicated in the case to harass him, he said.
At one stage, he assaulted a police official and threw abusive words towards the law enforcers. Later, police brought the situation under control.
Parents and teachers of the victim were not present at the court.
The victim’s lawyer expressed satisfaction over the judgment.
The defence, however, expressed their dissatisfaction over the judgment and said that they would challenge the verdict with the higher court.