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Bangladeshi court ask town to explain failure to stop fatwa

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Yes, bad things do happen in "those" parts of the world but as is clear from this story they aren't always welcome or accepted.

The High Court yesterday ordered district officials in Shariatpur to explain why they failed to protect 14-year-old rape victim Hena from being whipped to death as per a fatwa on Monday.

The deputy commissioner, the superintendent of police of Shariatpur and the thana nirbahi officer of Naria upazila -- where the incident took place--will have to report to the HC in 15 days how it happened although the court (HC) had eight months ago declared fatwa illegal and a punishable offence.

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An HC bench comprised of Justice AHM Shamsuddin Chowdhury Manik and Justice Sheikh Md Zakir Hossain issued the rule following press reports on the killing of Hena.

The reports said Hena was raped by her 40-year-old relative Mahbub on Sunday. Next day, a fatwa was announced at a village arbitration that she must be given 100 lashes. She fell unconscious after nearly 80 lashes.

Fatally injured Hena was rushed to Naria health complex where she succumbed to her injuries.

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The bench comprised of Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain and Justice Nazrul Islam Talukder also ordered the information ministry to run a media campaign to create awareness among people against extra-judicial punishment.

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Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK), a human rights watchdog, expressed deep concern and shock yesterday at the killing of teenage rape victim Hena.

It demanded punitive action against those who enforced fatwa concerning her.

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=172669

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Courts in many countries have bad judges and good judges, higher and lower courts to correct and/or investigate bad decisions and outcomes. In this country, we're seen investigations that result in findings that prove that innocent people were incarcerated for decades or even executed. What I did for a living for many years was to work with judges and defense attorneys in the ME to overturn decisions by village courts and other lower courts to correct judgments that did not follow proper procedure and adhere to Islamic law. Sensational injustices still occur, but the story about the follow-up and justice achieved are the ones that remain unreported in the west.

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