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Suspended JnU Student Tithy Sarkar Awarded 5 Years Jail

Tithy Sarkar. File Photo

Tithy Sarkar. File Photo

Tithy Sarkar, an expelled student of Jagannath University (JnU) has been awarded to five years imprisonment under the Digital Security Act by a court in Dhaka in a case registered with Paltan police station for hurting religious sentiments with placing a ridicule comments about Islam.

Dhaka Cyber Tribunal judge Zulfikar Hayat handed over the verdict on Monday (May 13).

According to the complaint source, on 31 October 2020, CID’s cyber monitoring team found that a false post was shared on social media saying that “Tithy Sarkar was ‘rescued hand and foot tied’ from the fourth floor of CID’s Malibagh office”, creating a huge stir. Actually, no such incident happened in CID.

During an investigation of this incident, one person named Niranjan Baral, who spread rumours, was arrested from the Banasree area in Rampura. A case under the Digital Security Act was filed against Niranjan along with unknown others on November 2 of that year at Paltan police station. 

On 19 May 2021, the investigating officer of the case, CID Police Sub-Inspector Mehedi Hasan filed a chargesheet against the two of them.

On November 4 of that year, Dhaka Cyber Tribunal Judge Assam Jaglul Hossain framed charges against Tithy Sarkar. On the other hand, Tithy Sarkar’s husband Shiplu Mallick was acquitted from the case.

It is learned that Tithy Sarkar, for a long time, had been making negative comments about the Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) on Facebook and various social media. Later, all student organizations and general students of Jagannath University (JnU) organized a human chain and protest rally demanding the expulsion of Tithy Sarkar on the charge of insulting religion.

In the face of student protest, Tithy Sarkar was expelled by the university administration. After that, a complaint was made from her family that “Tithy was missing”, which was found baseless and rumour later.

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