Father of eighth grader beaten, hacked for protesting daughter’s harassment
An eighth grader girl and her family in Rajbari Sadar upazila are living under constant fear and reportedly receiving death threats from perpetrators who allegedly attacked and hacked the girl’s father with sharp weapons, after he protested harassment of his daughter.
The father was mercilessly beaten and hacked during the attack on him in the early hours of February 21 at a village under Alipur union. With multiple stitches on his right arm, the man is currently undergoing treatment at Rajbari Sadar Hospital.
Also, the family, who have already lodged a complaint with Sadar police, has alleged that the attackers are giving them death threats to stop them from filing a case over the incident and drawing more police response.
The 14-year-old girl has stopped going to school out of fear. According to the girl and the family, these local youths, who attacked Ripon, had been stalking and harassing her for over a year.
“They attacked my father when he protested their illicit behaviour towards me. We are receiving threats and we are scared. I just want justice. I just want to go to school again," the teen said.
The girl also called for immediate intervention from the local administrations to help her family get their life back.
Talking to Dhaka Tribune from his hospital bed, the father said: “These perpetrators have been regularly stalking and harassing my daughter for a long time, and now she can’t even go to school.”
He and his wife both said their daughter’s harassers brought a sound box in front of their home and started playing songs in high volume around midnight on February 20. They were also hurling abusive words towards the girl and her family.
“When my husband protested their illicit behaviour, they attacked our home and all of us. They left after hacking my husband with sharp weapons, leaving him with severe injuries,” said the girl’s mother.
She said she also filed a complaint at Sadar police station that very night, but no one has been arrested since then. “Instead, now we are receiving threats from unknown phone numbers, telling us to drop the complaint and refrain from filing a case. We are living in utmost fear for our safety.”
According to the family, the 20-25 youths who attacked their house include Osman Mandal, Ashik Mandal, Md Tutul, and Maruf Mandal.
Regarding the family’s complaint, Rajbari Sadar police Officer-in-Charge (OC) Swapan Kumar Majumdar said they were investigating the incident and legal steps would follow if the accusations were found true.