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Indigenous community voice concern over Ashulia gang-rape

  • Published at 11:56 pm August 19th, 2019
Screenshot of Ashulia taken from Google map

Acts of sexual violence against women and children are increasing in the country

The Hill Women's Federation President Nirupa Chakma and its General Secretary Monty Chakma, in a joint statement on Monday, demanded immediate arrest, and exemplary punishment of those responsible for the gang-rape of an indigenous Marma woman in Ashulia, Savar.

In a statement, leaders representing the minority community said women and children across the country have been experiencing incidents of abuse, oppression, and rape in the recent past. 

The biggest victims of sexual abuse and rape are women and children with hearing-impairment, developmentally challenged, minority Dalits, tea-workers, and primarily marginalized people, including the poor. 

Acts of sexual violence against women and children are increasing persistently in the country, due to the apparent culture of impunity, and protracted  delays in delivering  justice. 

The poor treatment of survivors, when combined with few perpetrators being convicted, and a perception of lenient sentencing, could tacitly signal to society a psuedo decriminalisation of rape. 

In an another attempted rape incident on Monday, a young female job seeker has been sexually assaulted by hospital administrator Alam Mia, when five females from the Garo community went to the Padma General Private Hospital for nursing jobs in Mymensingh.  

The victim of attempted rape has lodged a case with Kotowali police station.

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In the statement,  the Hill Women's Federation demanded the arrest of Alam, who allegedly attempted  to rape the Garo women in Mymensingh. 

They also sought justice against the culprits involved in the Ashulia gang-rape incident.

On August 13, three men have been accused of raping a Marma woman, while holding her husband captive, in Ashulia.

The incident took place at her Natunpara house in the Vendabar area on Tuesday.

Sources from the police, and the survivors' family say, the Adivasi family often prepares homemade alcohol for their own consumption.   

On that fateful night, three men went to their home after learning about this, and tried to extort money from the family. At one stage, the group of men took Tk10,000, and a gold chain from the family, and demanded an additional Tk2 lakh.  

When the family expressed their inability to provide the money, the husband was taken to the next room, beaten, and tied up. 

After that, the wife was taken to the other room, and gang-raped.

The woman filed a case on Sunday morning with the Ashulia police station.