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Man held for raping a physically challenged minor

'We arrested and sent the accused Sultan to jail after producing him before the court on Wednesday'

Update : 14 Feb 2020, 12:02 AM

Police on Wednesday night arrested a 55-year-old man for raping a physically challenged minor on Sunday in Paikosha village of Kamarkhanda upazila, Sirajganj.

The accused, Sultan Mahmud, a local shop-keeper, reportedly lured the child into his house and raped her after tying her with a rope, family sources say.

After the horrible incident, the girl came home and upon informing her mother, the family members of the rape-survivor and the prime suspect Sultan were caught in an altercation, during which Sultan got injured.

Family of the 14-year-old girl alleged, Sultan's family bribed the local arbiters to cover-up the incident, and they pressured them not to inform the police.

"Neither the local arbiters nor the family filed any complaint. Being informed by local journalists, police rescued the child and filed a case against Sultan," said Kamarkhanda police OC Habibul Islam.

"We arrested and sent the accused Sultan to jail after producing him before the court on Wednesday," added the OC.

Barisal police on Thursday arrested a bedding store owner for reportedly raping a ten-year-old child in Hosnabad Bazar under Gaurnadi upazila of the district.

The accused, Harun Khalifa, 45, lured the child into his shop on Wednesday afternoon when she was passing-by and raped her.

The girl managed to flee after the incident and the mother of the fourth-grader lodged a case against Harun, police sources say.

"We arrested Harun and sent him to jail through the court," said Gaurnadi police OC Golam Sarwar.

Meanwhile, representatives of the civil society and different organisation on Thursday handed over memorandums to the Barisal University vice-chancellor and BMP commissioner to address their concern over the recent rape of a college girl on February 10.

BU students also formed a human chain and brought out a procession at the campus to ban the accused BCL leader Bony Alam from the campus and demanded his prompt arrest and exemplary punishment. 

In Bogra, a court on Thursday sentenced a man to life in prison for raping an 11-year-old in Kuptola of Sariakandi upazila. 

Woman and Child Repression Prevention Tribunal Judge AKM Fazlul Haque delivered the verdict and also fined the rapist Rayhan Tk50000 the non-payment of which will add six additional months of jail time, said Special Public Prosecutor Naresh Mukherjee.

The convict, Rayhan, 30, was a neighbour of the child, and he raped her when she went to his house for playing Ludo. Learning about the incident, the child's father filed a case against him, said Sariakandi OC Enayetur Rahman quoting the case statement.

Our correspondents Aminul Islam Rana, Sirajganj, Anisur Rahman Swapan, Barisal and Nazmul Huda Nasim, Bogra contributed to the report.

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