At least 21 women were either raped or gang-raped on public transportation across the country in the last 13 months, according to a report published by Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity, a passengers' welfare platform.
The report, published on Thursday based on media reports, also stated that nine of the victims were gang-raped by drivers and helpers of the vehicles.
Cases were filed in connection with all the incidents except a gang rape incident that happened in Manikganj on April 9, 2017. Police have so far arrested 55 people in connection with the incidents.
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On January 21, 2017, a Dhaka University student filed a sexual harassment case with the Darussalam police station against a bus driver and an assistant of the Gabtoli-Nabinagar route.
The incident took place at Gabtoli Bus Terminal. Later, the police arrested the duo, according to the report.
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A schoolgirl was gang-raped by an easybike driver and two others when she failed to pay the fare in Chuadanga’s Almadanga area on November 13, 2017.
On April 9, 2017, a woman was raped in front of her husband in a running bus on the Dhaka-Aricha highway.
On July 31, 2017, a girl was gang-raped in a bus of Padma Paribahan in Roumari, Kurigram on her way to Dhaka.
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On the way to Narayanganj from Gazipur, driver Mahedi Hassan and his aid Sohan allegedly gang-raped a teenage girl on a moving truck on August 1, 2017. Police later arrested the driver.
On August 8, 2017, a man named Imran Hossain attempted to rape a girl in a car in Dhaka's Banani area after kidnapping her. Police arrested Imran and seized the car.
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On August 11, 2017, a madrasa student in Class VII in Mymensingh's Muktagacha area was repeatedly raped by driver Joynal Abedin and helper Ripon. The police arrested them after the victim's uncle filed a case.
The reports also mentioned that Zakia Sultana Rupa was raped and killed in a bus heading to Mymensingh by the driver and three of his assistants on August 25, 2017.
A Tangail court on February 12 sentenced the driver and his three assistants to death and handed seven years’ imprisonment to the bus supervisor for the offences.