Aritri’s suicide: Case verdict delayed for the fifth time

As the judge is on vacation, the verdict in the case against Aritri Adhikari, a class IX student of Vikarunnisa Noon School and College, will not be announced today.

The two defendants in this case are Nazneen Ferdous, the suspended Acting Principal of Vikarunnisa Noon School and College, and Zeenat Akhtar, the branch head.

Today, Monday (June 3), Dhaka’s 12th Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge Judge Abdullah Al Mamun set the day for announcing the verdict. But since the judge is on vacation today, the verdict will not be announced, said Moshiur Rahman, the lawyer for the accused.

Lawyer Moshiur Rahman said that today was the day to announce the verdict of the case. The judgment will not be announced as the judge is on leave. The next date of the judgment will be known later.

Earlier on November 27, after presenting the arguments of the state and the accused, the court fixed the date of judgment on January 21. However, as the verdict was not ready that day, it was postponed to February 8. As the judgment was not ready that day too, the date was postponed to March 3. For the same reason, the court postponed the date of announcement of the verdict to April 9. On April 9, Judge Abdullah Al Mamun of the 12th Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge Court of Dhaka was scheduled to announce the verdict. As the verdict was not ready on that day, the court fixed June 3 as a new day for announcement.

According to the complaint of the case, on December 4, 2018, Aritri’s father, Dilip Adhikari, filed a case as the plaintiff in Paltan police station of the capital.

On March 20, 2019, the investigating officer of the case, Inspector Kamrul Hasan Talukdar of Metropolitan Detective Police (DB), filed a charge sheet accusing the two teachers. The investigating officer mentioned in the charge sheet that Aritri was induced to commit suicide by the merciless treatment of the accused. Class teacher Hasna Hena was requested to be relieved as the allegations were not proved.

On July 10 of the same year, the court ordered the trial to be initiated against the two teachers. On November 25, the testimony of Dilip Adhikari, the plaintiff in the case and Aritri’s father, began. Then on August 23, 2020, Aritri Maa Beauty Adhikari testified in court. Of the 18 witnesses in this case, 15 have completed their testimony.