Today is the 23rd death anniversary of Shazneen Tasnim Rahman.
On this day in 1998, 15-year-old Shazneen -- a grade-IX student of Scholastica School -- was brutally murdered at her home in Dhaka's Gulshan.
She was the daughter of the late Latifur Rahman, former chairman of Transcom Group, and Shahnaz Rahman, current chairman of the group. She was among four siblings. Her elder sister Simeen Rahman is the group chief executive officer of Transcom Ltd.
More than 19 years after the shocking incident, the convict in the Shazneen rape and murder case, Shahidul Islam alias Shahid, was hanged at Kashimpur High Security Prison in Gazipur in 2017.
A Special Tribunal for Prevention of Women and Children Repression delivered the verdict in September 2003, sentencing six accused to death for the rape and murder.
They are: domestic help Shahidul; a contractor renovating the house Syed Sajjad Mainuddin Hasan and his assistant Badal; domestic help Estema Khatun Minu and her sister Parvin; and carpenter Shaniram Mandal.
After the lower court verdict, the death reference reached the High Court for confirmation of the sentence. At the same time, the accused appealed to the HC against their convictions and sentences. The HC acquitted Shaniram.
Later on, Hasan, Badal, Minu and Parvin appealed to the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court against the HC verdict. Shahidul filed a jail appeal.
On August 2 in 2016, the Appellate Division granted the appeals of Hasan, Badal, Minu and Parvin and dismissed Shahidul's appeal.
On March 5, 2017, the apex court rejected Shahidul's petition for review of the verdict. He sought presidential mercy, which was turned down. He was executed on November 29.