Armed accomplices of the accused Sharif were guarding the crime scene while he raped the victim
Amid countrywide protests against the recent spike in rapes and violence against women in Bangladesh, a housewife was raped at gunpoint in Chatkhil upazila of Noakhali on Wednesday.
Police, following a case filed by the rape survivor, arrested a local Jubo League leader in connection with the incident.
The arrestee identified as Mujibul Rahman Sharif, 30, the president of Noakhola union unit Jubo League, was expelled by the upazila Jubo League high command following the incident.
Confirming the matter to Dhaka Tribune, Chatkhil police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Md Anowarul Islam said: “The victim has been sent to the Noakhali General Hospital for a medical test.
“Sharif is wanted in eight more cases including another rape case,” the OC said.
According to the case statement, the 23-year-old victim, also the wife of an expatriate, was sleeping along with her children while Sharif entered her house at 5am, and raped her at gunpoint.
While he was committing the heinous crime, armed accomplices of the perpetrator were guarding the house so that no one could attempt to save her. He also recorded a video footage of the incident and threatened to kill her if she discloses the matter.
The OC said: “Police are trying to catch Sharif’s accomplices.”
Meanwhile, Noakhali 1 MP HM Ibrahim strongly condemned the incident and demanded exemplary punishment for those involved.
For the last few days, Bangladesh saw widespread protests in many districts against the appalling trend of rape incidents and the public fury mounted after the recent gang-rape incident at Sylhet MC College and a housewife’s molestation in Begumganj of Noakhali district.
Protesters including students, leaders, and activists of different organizations staged demonstrations throughout last week over the growing incidents of rape, sexual harassment, and violence against women.
According to Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK), a rights body, 975 women were raped, including 208 subjected to gang-rape, from January to September 30 of this year.
Of them, 45 were killed after rape and 12 others killed themselves.