The father of a young student who was sexually assaulted by a group of men in broad daylight during the March 7 rally in Dhaka has demanded the perpetrators be brought to book.
“I want justice for my daughter,” the father said in the case document he filed at Ramna Model police station on Thursday.
His daughter was returning to her home in Shantinagar from Banglamotor at around 3pm on Wednesday when she came across a procession marking the historic 1971 declaration of independence speech by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Around 15 to 20 men wearing white t-shirts surrounded her and began tearing up her clothes. Bystanders brought out their cell phones to record the incident but nobody stepped in to help the woman.
Eventually a member of traffic police intervened, pulling her out from the fray and putting her on a bus, after which she safely returned home and told her family about the incident.
Later, she also posted a status update about her ordeal on Facebook.
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“Police took the incident very seriously (and) are now investigating the matter,” the father said.
An official from the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) cyber security and crime division told the Dhaka Tribune that they are analyzing CCTV footage of the incident.
“We have already traced some faces and are trying to identify the men,” he said.
Police said they have also talked to the woman, who is now recovering and in a stable condition.
The ruling Awami League held a public meeting at Suhrawardy Udyan on March 7 to celebrate Unesco’s recognition of Bangabandhu’s speech as part of the world’s documentary heritage.
The rally created huge traffic and chaos in many parts of the city, with several incidents of assaults on women reported on the day.