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Dhaka SI accused of sexually harassing university student

Update : 01 Feb 2016, 08:06 PM

A police sub-inspector was suspended yesterday for the alleged sexual harassment of a university student.

Two separate police teams are investigating the allegation against Adabar police station Sub-Inspector Ratan Kumar while a Dhaka court ordered judicial probe.

Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s Tejgaon Division Deputy Commissioner Biplob Kumar Sarkar said he was unaware of the incident and added that the victim, an ASA University student, had not lodged any police complaint.

Quoting media reports, Biplob said the SI gave “inappropriate proposals” to her.

The victim started a case against SI Ratan at the Dhaka Women and Children Repression Tribunal 4. Judge Saleh Uddin Ahmed recorded her deposition yesterday before ordering a judicial inquiry.

SI Ratan was accused of threatening to implicate the victim in false cases if she did not agree to his proposal. The policeman denied the charges.

Biplob said their probe team had been asked to submit a report within three working days. DMP Commissioner Md Asaduzzaman Mia formed a separate committee and ordered to report its findings within three working days.

SI Ratan told the Dhaka Tribune that he had known the girl “for a long time”. He said he had investigated an arson case against her husband, a Mohammadpur unit Jubo Dal activist.

“She said it had caused a rift between the couple. She brought the allegation to exact revenge,” the SI claimed.

However, a Jubo Dal leader of Mohammadpur unit told the Dhaka Tribune that there was no one in the unit bearing a name similar to that of the victim’s husband. But there was a grassroots-level BNP activist who was yet to get a post. 

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