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Arbitrator in Kishoreganj rape case sent to jail

Update : 18 Mar 2015, 06:11 PM

Anwara Khatun, the arbitrator who settled a rape case with money without notifying police in Kishoreganj Sadar upazila, has been arrested and sent to jail.

Police arrested her from her residence around 9pm on Tuesday, and presented her before Kishoreganj Court 1 yesterday, where Senior Judicial Magistrate Alaul Akbar ordered to send her to prison, said Saifur Rahman, OC of investigation at Sadar police station.

The accused confessed to having played the main arbitrator in settling the rape incident in exchange of money, the OC said.

The rape took place on Monday night in Sahera Mahmud Arif Government Primary School in Bogadia area of Sadar upazila. The victim is a Class V student, and the rapists are school night guard Rafiqul Islam and his accomplice Jalal Uddin. They were caught red-handed by the locals and given a good beating before Anwara interfered.

Sources said instead of notifying police of the rape, Anwara, who is the president of the school’s management committee, settled the case at her home along with some local influentials by imposing a fine of Tk30,000 on the rapists.

However, the money was gobbled up by the arbitrators, sources claimed.

When contacted, Anwara admitted to playing the role of arbitrator and said: “The girl’s (victim) character is not good, that is why we settled the matter with Tk30,000 to avoid legal complexities.”

But Kishoreganj Superintendent of Police Anwar Hossain said rape cases cannot be settled through arbitration. “We have to take legal action in this regard.”

He also said police were searching for the two rapists, who went into hiding after the incident.

Locals claimed Rafiqul, one of the rapists, have committed such heinous crime before, but the management committee has always covered for him. The victims did not file complained against him fearing social stigma. 

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