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Child rape victim, parents struggle for justice

  • Published at 04:47 pm February 25th, 2018
Child rape victim, parents struggle for justice
A man who took his six-year-old daughter, a victim of rape, to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) for treatment, is struggling to get access to legal action against the perpetrator. The victim is currently undergoing treatment at One-stop Crisis Centre (OCC) of the DMCH. The family of four – the father, the victim, her two-year-old sister and their mother – moved to a new home this month as she was supposed to enrol at a school the next month. The girl’s father, a bus conductor in the city, said on February 19, his daughter was playing with some other children at their village home in Araihajar upazila in Narayanganj. During Maghrib prayers on that day, he and his wife noticed that their daughter was not among the children. The mother started searching for her daughter and finally found her coming down from a dam beside the village. When asked where she had gone, the girl pointed to a middle-aged man and said he had taken her to a nearby bush and abused her. The man ran away after the father challenged him. He said locals, in particular a shop owner, identified the culprit as Delowar Hossain Delu, 45, an auto-rickshaw driver. The following day they went to file a case with Araihazar police station, where police collected the dress the girl wore during the incident. The father said, the dress had dried semen on it. Later, police sent them to their house and on the same day a local influential leader, Md Mohan, asked him to sign a blank paper in exchange for Tk10,000. But the father refused to do so. The next day Sub-inspector Rabiuddoula of the police station asked him if he had brought any money with him. As he replied in the negative, Rabiuddoula allegedly rebuked him and sent him and his daughter to Narayanganj Sadar hospital for a medical test. On Thursday, local Union Parishad member Md Khokon sent one of his associates, Md Rashid, to settle the issue by realizing Tk40,000 from the accused and giving it to the victim’s family. Then Rabiuddoula, also the case investigation officer, asked the father on Friday not to go out of their home as there was a possibility that the family might come under attack. The family realized that they would not get justice here and their daughter would not get any treatment either. So, they fled their home on Saturday morning and took their daughter to Mugda General Hospital, where on-duty doctors advised them to go to the DMCH. “All I want is justice for my daughter and her good treatment. Would my girl get all of these here?” the victim’s father asked, while speaking to the Dhaka Tribune. OCC sources said forensic tests would be conducted on the victim on Sunday. Meanwhile, MA Haque, officer-in-charge of Araihajar police station, said a case was filed on February 20 with his station against the perpetrator. Police are trying to arrest the accused, he said, refuting the allegation that the accused is exerting pressure on the victim’s family to with the case.