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Speech and visually impaired girl raped

Update : 07 Mar 2014, 06:20 PM

Fourteen days after being allegedly raped, a physically and mentally challenged woman is receiving some legal assistance as her younger brother lodged a case in this connection with the Beergang police station in Dinajpur yesterday.

The speech-impaired and visually impaired girl was allegedly raped by a local youth, Noor Alam, in Gorfotu Boldiapara village of Beerganj upazila of Dinajpur district on February 21.

Sub-Inspector of Beergang police station Belal Hossain said the victim’s medical test would be done today at Dinajpur Medical College Hospital.

It was learnt that the victim could not avail any legal assistance in the face of local influential people. Noor Alam was caught red-handed while attempting the rape, according to locals.

They said as locals started beating him, his maternal grandfather Nohor Sheikh and maternal uncle Zia Sheikh rescued him and later threatened the victim’s family to refrain from lodging any case.

Haji Aynal Hossain, a neighbour of the victim took an initiative to hold a salish.

However, no decision came even after holding two salish as the accused rapist went into hiding, said Haji Aynal Hossain.

It was also learnt that Girl Power, a local non-government organisation did not come forward to assist the victim.

Tajdi Das, an official of Girl Power, said no steps could be taken as medical report of the victim was not available and Girl Power was notified about the incident after four or five days.

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