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2 held for gang-raping minor in Chittagong

A case has been filed over the incident

Update : 28 Mar 2021, 11:15 PM

Police arrested two men on Sunday for gang-raping a seventh-grader after abducting her from Anwara upazila in Chittagong.

The arrestees have been identified as, Shahidul Islam Prokash, 20, and Md Raju Prokash Sagar, 25.

Anwara police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Didarul Islam Sikdar said: “The accused men abducted the seventh-grader on Thursday.”

They took the 13-year-old to the hilly jungle near Shah Mohsen Aulia Degree College and raped her multiple times, he added.

After getting notified, the victim's family rescued her from the jungle and rushed her to Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH).

Later, the teenager's father filed a case with the Anwara police station on Saturday night.

Bangladesh's rape epidemic

Earlier this month, a police headquarters report said 26,695 rape cases had been filed across the country in the last five years.

The introduction of the death penalty for rape could not stop the crime.

Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK) data shows that 1,018 children were raped last year alone, but only 683 police cases were filed. Of them, a total of 116 victims were six years old or below.

Overall, 1,627 rape incidents were reported last year and 53 of the victims were killed by the perpetrators after committing the crime while 14 took their own lives, the data showed.

In November last year, Bangladesh introduced the death penalty for rape, following days of protests against sexual violence against women.

In October 2020, the country was rocked by protests after a woman was attacked and raped in Noakhali.

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