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Forced marriage to rapist: Pabna OC withdrawn, SI closed

  • Published at 03:05 pm September 12th, 2019
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File photo of OC Obaidul Huq Dhaka Tribune

The rape victim was reportedly forced to marry her alleged rapist    

Pabna Sadar police station officer-in-charge (OC), who was accused of forcing a rape survivor to marry one of her alleged rapists, has been withdrawn.

OC Obaidul Huq was withdrawn and Sub-Inspector (SI) Ekramul Haque of the same police station temporarily suspended on Thursday by the district police for their alleged involvement in the “forced marriage” of the rape survivor.

But the woman, who was already married, is a mother of three.

Two more were also arrested in connection with the rape. Till now, a total of four people have been arrested for their alleged involvement. 

Pabna Superintendent of police (SP) Sheikh Rafiqul Islam confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune.

He said: “The decisions were made according to the suggestion of the probe committee setup on Sunday (September 8) to investigate the matter.”

OC forces survivor into marriage

On September 5, the woman was reportedly forced to marry her alleged rapist inside Pabna Sadar police station premises. The rape survivor said OC Obaidul forced her into marrying her rapist, Rasel, after she had just filed a case against him.

What happened?

According to the woman’s case statement, on August 29, her neighbour Rasel, abducted her and took her to his home in Sadar upazila, where Rasel and another man raped and confined her for two days.

On August 31, she was taken to an unused office space and was once again gang raped by Rasel and five others before she was let go.

On September 5, the woman was able to contact her family and was admitted to Pabna General Hospital.

OC Obaidul 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.”