A truly bizarre story from the BBC, Toddler acquitted of ‘adultery’
A court in the northern Bangladeshi city of Bogra has acquitted a two-year-old child accused of adultery and theft, officials say. The infant appeared in court on his mother’s lap to seek bail.
Saiful Islam was accused along with six others in the case. The Magistrate expressed “surprise” at the charges, and immediately released him.
They also ordered the complainant in the case to explain why he was filing such charges against a toddler.
Magistrate Naveed Shafiullah also told local politician Yunus Ali – who launched a preliminary investigation into the case – to explain how the incident happened…
The case is not the first in Bangladesh to involve infant children facing serious charges.
In March, Bangladesh’s High Court stepped in to halt the trial of four infants – all members of an extended family – who were accused of looting and causing criminal damage.
Four police officers were suspended for negligence in the case and an inquiry was ordered.
The infants, aged between three months to two years, appeared in court in their parents’ arms, and were bailed.
Correspondents say that case highlighted the widespread practice of harassing people by filing false complaints.