The accused reportedly raped the girl as she went to pick vegetables from his field
Police arrested a 70-year-old man for allegedly raping a third-grader girl in Narail's Lohagara upazila on Wednesday.
Lohagora police station Inspector (Investigation) Md Mahmudur Rahman said the accused, Hannan Molla, reportedly raped the girl as she went to pick vegetables from his field on April 1.
Later, as the 10-year-old rape survivor disclosed the incident to her parents, they tried to provide her with medical treatment secretly and did not bring it to the attention of the police due to social stigma.
However, the girl was admitted to Narail Sadar Hospital on Wednesday as her condition deteriorated.
The victim's mother finally lodged a case against Hannan on the same day and the police arrested him, said police.
Bangladesh's rape epidemic
The introduction of the death penalty for rape has failed to curb the prevalence of crime in Bangladesh.
Ain o Salish Kendra data shows that 1,018 children were raped last year alone, but only 683 police cases were filed. Also, 116 victims were 6 years old or below.
Overall, 1,627 rape incidents were reported last year and 53 of the victims were killed by the perpetrators while 14 took their own lives, the data showed.
In November 2020, Bangladesh introduced the death penalty for rape, following days of protests against sexual violence against women.
In October 2020, the country was rocked by protests after a woman was attacked and raped in Noakhali.
A police headquarters report, published in March this year, said 26,695 rape cases had been filed across the country in the last five years.