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Rape epidemic: 3 arrested over gang rape in Faridpur

  • Published at 10:30 pm April 14th, 2021
RAPE victim
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On Tuesday night, the victim’s father filed a case against the trio and several others unnamed accused of human trafficking and rape

Police arrested three persons on Wednesday, including a mother-daughter duo, for reportedly plotting and executing a gang rape of a woman at Madhukhali upazila of Faridpur.

The arrestees are Rozina, her mother Parul Aktar, and one Zakirul Haque.

On Tuesday night, the victim’s father filed a case against the trio and several others unnamed accused of human trafficking and rape.

The rape survivor was visiting her father’s home at Madhukhali from her husband’s village. On Sunday, her friend Rozina came to visit her.

After an argument, Rozina with her mother and some men abducted her from her father’s house that afternoon.

The survivor said they took her to different places, drugged her, and had her raped several times.

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They dropped her in front of her father’s home on Tuesday morning after her condition deteriorated.

Her father said his daughter’s condition improved. She is currently being treated at the One-Stop Crisis Centre of Faridpur Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical College Hospital.

Madhukhali police station’s Officer-in-Charge Rathindra Nath Tarafdar said Zakirul was arrested in a drive on Tuesday night after the arrest of Rozina and Parul.

The women are residents of Madhukhali Ashrayan centre. Zakirul, hailing from Gopalganj, was a contractual worker at the Madhukhali Sugar Mill, said police.

OC Rathindra Nath said the court had sent the three accused to jail. The other accused will be arrested after recording the rape survivor’s statement. 

Rape becoming a regular crime

Rapes continue to take place even after the government amended the law making death penalty the highest punishment for the crime.

Last month, a police headquarters report said 26,695 rape cases had been filed across the country in the last five years.

Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK) data show that 1,018 children were raped last year, but only 683 police cases were filed. Also, 116 victims were 6 years old or below.

Overall, 1,627 rape cases were reported last year and 53 of the victims were killed by the perpetrators while 14 took their own lives, the data showed.

The original number is believed to be higher as most victims don’t report incidents of sexual assault fearing for their safety and social stigmatization.

Following days of protests against sexual violence against women across Bangladesh, the government introduced death penalty for rape in October last year. In November, the Parliament passed the necessary amendment.

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