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Rapist among three held for gang rape of schoolgirl

  • Published at 10:48 pm May 23rd, 2018
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The so-called arbitrators released the accused after giving them a beating and fining them a total of Tk1 lakh

A Tangail court on Wednesday granted a one day remand to three people, including one of the accused rapists, in a case filed concerning the gang-rape of a school student in the district.  

They are Rafiqul Islam, one of the rapists, and Mahtab Uddin and Kamruzzaman Tara, two community leaders who allegedly tried to hush up the incident through “village arbitration.”  

They were all arrested on Wednesday following a case filed by the victim’s father with Dhanbari police station around seven months after the incident took place.  

Police produced them before the court with a seven-day remand plea, but it granted one day’s remand for each, said Kamran Hossain, assistant superintendent of police (Madhupur circle).  

Rafiqul, Ziaul Haque, and Al Amin, gang-raped the sixth grader in October last year, according to the case statement.

As she conceived after rape, community leaders, including Al Amin’s father Mahtab, and Kamruzzaman, tried to mediate between the two sides by holding “village arbitration” on the night of April 16.

The so-called arbitrators released the accused after giving them a beating and fining them a total of Tk1 lakh.

In a bid to cover up the incident, they threatened and asked the victim’s family not to raise the matter with anybody else, and arranged treatment for the girl at a local clinic.

However, after the incident came into the limelight following media reports, they forced the family out of the community. And the police too, initially refused to accept any complaint, citing the victim’s absence as reason for their inaction.      

Police, however, started their drives to arrest the accused after different rights bodies and socio-cultural organizations on April 19 submitted a memorandum to the Dhanbari upazila nirbahi officer and brought out processions, demanding punishment of the accused.

“Our drives are going on to arrest the remaining accused,” Kamran said.