A case was filed at Goalondo Ghat Police Station the same night by the victim’s mother against her husband
A man was arrested in Rajbari’s Goalanda on Wednesday night for allegedly trying to rape his step-daughter, an eighth grader of a local school
The arrestee was identified as Dilu Sheikh, 47, a cook by profession. He is the son of late Kaimuddin Pramanik of Ward 9 of Goalondo Municipality.
A case was filed at Goalondo Ghat Police Station the same night by the victim’s mother against her husband, said Officer-in-Charge Mohammad Abdullah Al Tayabeer.
According to the case statement, the victim’s mother married Dilu nearly six years ago after the death of her first husband. The girl lived with her mother and step-father at her maternal grandfather’s house.
On Wednesday, the survivor's mother went to Jamtola Bazar of the nearby town to sell pitha like every other day leaving her daughter and husband at home.
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The incident occurred at around 5 PM. Dilu tried to rape the girl but neighbours came to her rescue hearing her screams and caught the man.
Her mother returned home after learning about the incident and contacted police immediately.
Dilu was arrested around midnight after his wife lodged a case against him under the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act.
The girl was later sent to Rajbari Sadar Hospital for medical tests while the offender was sent to court, said the OC.
Bangladesh has seen a rise in rape cases in recent months. Even upgrading the maximum penalty for rape of death by hanging has not curbled the recent rise in rapes in Bangladesh.
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Last year, 1,018 children were raped but only 683 cases were filed, according to data compiled by Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK).
Among the survivors, 116 were aged 6 years or lower.
According to ASK data, overall, 1,627 incidents of rape were documented last year. Fifty-three of them were killed after rape and 14 of the survivors later took their own lives.
The data was collected from various newspaper reports. But the actual number is believed to be much higher as many of the survivors choose not to report sexual assaults fearing their safety.
Bangladesh amended the rape law last November making the death penalty the highest punishment for rape amid countrywide outrage sparked by gang-rapes in Sylhet MC College hostel and Noakhali.
The cabinet approved the amendment on October 12 last year. A day later, the president promulgated an ordinance in this regard.
Between Oct 13 and Dec 31, at least 160 incidents of rape were reported, ASK said.
Perpetrators are rarely punished in Bangladesh. The Human Rights Watch said the conviction rate for rape in Bangladesh is below 1%.