• Wednesday, May 19, 2021
  • Last Update : 01:11 am

Eight women, girls raped in 7 districts


In Barguna, police have arrested a man accused of raping an eighth-grader at Patharghata upazila

At least eight women were reportedly raped in seven districts of the country on Sunday and on Monday.

In Naogaon, a court on Monday sent a young man to jail on charges of raping an indigenous teenage girl in Dhamirhat upazila of the district.

Accused Sujan Hasda, 22, is a resident of Gopalpur village in Sapahar upazila, said Dhamoirhat police station OC Zakirul Islam.

The OC said the ninth-grader, a resident of Alampur in Dhamoirhat upazila, was kidnapped by Sujan on Sunday and violated at his home.

Police said the girl and her peers went to a social forestry area at Shimultali after a school program on the occasion of Pohela Boishakh on Sunday.

At one stage, the victim became separated from her peers. The youth then abducted her on his auto-rickshaw and took her to his home, where he violated her.

After being informed by the victim's family members, police rescued the girl from Sujan's home around 2:30am and arrested Sujan.

The victim's father lodged a case with the police station under the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act yesterday.

In Pabna, a female seventh grader was reportedly raped by an  auto-rickshaw driver and his associates at Aminpur village in Jatsakhni union of Bera upazila on Sunday.

According to sources, the girl, a seventh grade student of Emon Ali High School of the upazila, was returning home via an auto-rickshaw after visiting her sister's house in Digholdi village. Auto-rickshaw driver Jahurul Islam, 26, and his cohort Alamin took her to a secluded area after leaving the village and raped her several times.

Locals rescued her and took her home after the rapists had left her in critical condition.

Later, the victim’s mother filed a case with Aminpur police station accusing Jahurul and Alamin of the rape.

Monirul Islam, OC of the police station, confirmed the incident.

In Sirajganj, a young man was arrested on Sunday night for reportedly trying to rape a six-year-old child at Paikosha village of Sadar upazila.

The victim's father said Hasem Ali took his daughter and another child to a nearby abandoned room on Friday afternoon, by luring them with chocolates, and tried to violate the girl.

Locals rushed in when the victim started screaming, but Hasem managed to flee, he said.

OC of Sadar police station Mohammad Daud said the victim's father has filed a case over the incident.

In Bagerhat, an 11-year-old from  Baruipara was raped by her neighbour on Saturday night.

According to sources, the minor was sleeping alone at her grandmother's home when the neighbour, named Nizam, broke into the house.

He gagged the minor during the rape to prevent her screams. Nizam escaped when the minor’s aunt knocked on the door.

The next day, the child’s uncle Rafiqul Islam Didar went to Nizam's house to ask him what happened the day before. However, Nizam, his son, and wife ganged up on Didar and beat him up.

On Sunday night, Didar filed a case against Nizam and his son and wife.

"If not punished, crime rates will go on increasing. We stand in support of child rape victims and will locally protest against such crimes. We expect law and enforcement agencies to take quick action for such crimes," he added.

Pankaj Chandra Rai, assistant superintendent of police of Bagerhat Model police station, said: "A case has been filed and the survivor has undergone medical tests at Bagerhat Sadar Hospital. We are working to arrest the people accused."

Bagerhat Sadar upazila Vice Chairman Rizia Parveen said: "It is disgusting that children today are not safe anywhere, not even in their own homes. This is a great threat to society.”

The victim's father left the family a decade ago; her mother and elder sister work in Dhaka to earn a living. The minor has been living with her grandmother and studies at a local school.

In Barguna, police have arrested a man accused of raping an eighth-grader at Patharghata upazila.

According to sources, accused Jalil Pada, a mobile phone flexiload vendor, was arrested from Gazi Mahmud village of Noltona Union in Barguna Sadar upazila around 11pm on Sunday.

He was set to appear in court on Monday afternoon.

On Friday, the girl's mother had filed a rape case against two suspects with Patharghata police.

Confirming the arrest, Hanif Sikder, OC of Patharghata police station, said: "Police conducted a drive as soon as the complaint was made and arrested him from Barguna upazila on Sunday night."

A month ago, Jalil secretly built up a relationship with the schoolgirl and on Thursday morning, he took her to Horinghata reserve forest where he allegedly raped her.

Altaf Hossain, a trawler pilot, came upon the scene and also attempted to rape her.

The girl was rescued and taken to hospital by locals.

In Chittagong, a female garment worker was reportedly gang-raped by two of her friends when she went to enjoy Pohela Boishakh celebration programs together with them.

Victim's family alleged that Ripon, 26, of Kachuai village in Patiya upazila took the girl to the city from Patiya to celebrate Pohela Boishakh, on Sunday.

However, he along with his friend raped the girl.

The victim was first taken to Patiya Upazila Health Complex and then sent to Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) for better treatment due to excessive bleeding, said Nayek Amir Hossain of CMCH police camp.

The victim is now undergoing treatment at the one-stop crisis centre of the hospital, he said.

The Patiya police station OC said they sent a team of police to the hospital after hearing about the incident.

"The rapists will be arrested if we receive a written complaint," the OC said.

On the other hand, an expatriate's wife was killed after a reported failed rape attempt in Chittagong on Sunday.

The assailants, who broke into her house in the middle of the night, also stabbed her father-in-law when he tried to confront them.

He is currently receiving treatment at the Chittagong Medical College Hospital.

Mamoni Dey, 24, was the wife of Rupon Dey. She lived with her one-and-a-half-year old daughter at her in-laws house in Mohanagar village under the upazila's Harualchhari Union.

"The assailants slit her throat with a knife when she ran out of her room yelling for help."

Mamoni's in-laws rushed out of their room after hearing her screams, said Indrajit.

Her mother-in-law grabbed the infant child and locked themselves inside a room. She cried out for help through the window.

Her father-in-law Milon Dey was stabbed when he tried to confront the assailants, he added.

Mamoni's mother-in-law believes that the youths entered the house through the roof after climbing the boundary wall.

"We have arrested two people in connection with the incident. We recovered a blood-stained knife from them. The deceased's mother-in-law has identified the two assailants," said Bhujpur Police OC Md Abdullah.

In Tangail, police on Monday detained a man in Gopalpur of Tangail district on charge of raping a college girl.

According to sources, SM Faruk Shikder, 28, abducted the 19-year-old girl, a student of Gopalpur Govt College, on January 21.

Later, he took her to South Keraniganj in Dhaka. He confined the girl for three months and raped her several times.

On Sunday, the elder sister of the girl reached her over cell phone and informed locals.

Locals detained Faruk and handed him over police.

Gopalpur police station OC Hasan Al Mamun confirmed the incident.

The girl was sent to Tangail General Hospital.

A case has been filed over the incident, the OC said.

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