Digital Security Act case filed against Nuru


Stuff reporter:
A student of Dhaka University filed an other case against former Ducsu vice-president Nurul Haque Nur under the Digital Security Act over making insulting and defamatory comments about her during a Facebook Live broadcast.

Earlier, the student had filed three more cases against Nur over her alleged rape.

In the Facebook Live aired on Sunday night, Nur said the DU student, now in a hunger strike until death, was staging a drama and called her “dushcharitraheen”.

Yesterday, the student filed the case with the Cyber Tribunal in Dhaka, Shamim Al Mamun, bench assistant of the tribunal, told The Daily Star.

Judge Mohammad Ash Sams Joglul Hossain took the case into cognisance and recorded the statement of the complainant.

The court instructed the Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) to investigate the case and submit a report to it by November 29.

In his Facebook Live video, Nur said, “I have investigated the allegation [of rape] and found that Abdullah Hil Baki, Nazmul Huda and Saiful Islam of Chhatra Adhikar Parishad are not involved in the incident. Nazmul and Sohag may be involved.”

“The female student’s brother said Nazmul Hasan Sohag used to visit their home. They talked about their marriage. A picture of the student and Nazmul smiling happily in the launch cabin went viral on Facebook. The allegation of rape inside the launch cabin is absolutely ridiculous,” added Nur, also the joint convenor of Bangladesh Chhatra Adhikar Parishad.

Nur used the word “dushcharitraheen”, but there is no such word in Bangla.

Contacted, the former Ducsu VC claimed that he did not call the DU student “characterless”, rather he meant to say that she was “not characterless” by using the word “dushcharitraheen”. He said the world is used colloquially.

Nur alleged that the student filed the cases after being politically influenced and also to harm the image of him and his organisation.

The DU student had previously filed three more cases against Nur and five others under the Women and Children Repression and Prevention Act and the Digital Security Act (DSA).

On September 20, she lodged a rape case against Nur and five others with Lalbagh Police Station under the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act. The other accused in the case are Hasan, Nazmul Hasan Sohag and Saiful Islam, joint conveners of Bangladesh Chhatra Adhikar Parishad, Nazmul Huda, vice-president of the platform, and DU student Abdullah Hil Baki.

Another case was filed by the same student with Kotwali Police Station against the six on September 21 under the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act and DSA.

On September 23, she filed a third case with Shahbagh Police Station under the Pornography Control Act and DSA.

Meanwhile, the DU student continued her hunger strike until death at the foot of Raju Memorial Sculpture on the university campus for the sixth straight day yesterday demanding arrest of the six accused, including Nur.

After falling ill on Saturday, she received treatment at two city hospitals. She resumed the strike the following day after being discharged from a hospital.