A probe committee formed yesterday, issued a show cause notice to the officer-in-charge
A woman was reportedly married to her alleged rapist inside a police station in Pabna.
The incident took place in Pabna Sadar police station on Thursday night.
According to the woman’s complaint, police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Obaidul Haque, forced her to marry her rapist, Rasel, after she had just filed a case against him.
A three-member probe committee was formed yesterday to investigate this incident, and the accused OC Obaidul, was ordered to show cause as to why action should not be taken against him.
Pabna Superintendent of Police (SP) Sheikh Rafiqul Islam confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune.
He said the probe committee members included a court inspector, a district intelligence officer, and Additional Superintendent of Police Md Feroz Ahmed, who will be leading the investigation.
According to the woman’s case statement, on August 29, her neighbour Rasel, abducted her to his home in Sadar upazila and gang-raped her with an accomplice. She remained confined there for two more days. On August 31, she was taken to an unused office space and was once again gangraped by Rasel and five others before she was released.
On Thursday, the woman was able to inform her family and was admitted to Pabna General Hospital.
She said when she filed a case against Rasel on Thursday, police apprehended the suspect, brought him to the police station and forced them into marriage.
The rape suspect Rasel, claiming to be innocent, said: "I am being framed. Police threatened to keep me in remand unless I married that woman."
Pabna Sadar police station OC Obaidul Haque said the marriage was executed with the consent of both parties. “However, I am not aware of the marriage taking place inside the police station.”