A Dhaka court sent Hasna Hena, a class teacher of Aritry Adhikary, a ninth-grader of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College who committed suicide, to jail in connection with a case filed over the incident.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Abu Sayeed sent her to jail after dismissing the teacher’s bail petition.
Hasna Hena was named alongside Principal Nazneen Ferdous and Morning Shift-in-Charge Zinat Akhtar in the case filed over Aritry’s death.
The three accused teachers identified in the Ministry of Education’s probe were fired on Wednesday and had their MPOs revoked. The ministry sent a letter to the police and RAB to take the necessary legal actions against them. Police arrested Hasna Hena that night.
She was brought to court on Thursday and Detective Branch Inspector Kamrul Hossain Talukdar petitioned for her to be sent to jail.
Defence lawyers petitioned for her to be released on bail.
Police argued that she would flee if released on bail and interfere with the case investigation.
Defence lawyer Jahangir Alam petitioned for bail, stating that his client was not involved in the incident and that she had not been accused of anything by the plaintiffs.
Mentionable, Aritry Adhikary, a ninth grader, was found hanging from the ceiling of her home in the capital’s Shantinagar on Monday (December 3) hours after she and her parents were allegedly insulted by some teachers of the school.
The death and the subsequent agitation, joined by parents, rocked the 66-year-old institute and prompted the education ministry and the school authorities to form two separate probe committees.
Earlier on Tuesday, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid visited the school and talked to the students, teachers and guardians.
He condemned the incident and said action would be taken against anyone found guilty.
“How much pain, how much insult does it take for a student to choose the path of suicide?” he asked.
An act of suicide reflects the environment of an institute, he said, adding, “No teacher can mete out psychological or physical torture as punishment. It is considered as offense,” he said.
The ministry’s three-member probe committee would be headed by Prof Yusuf, director of the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education, he said.