NGO worker ‘gang raped’ in Bagerhat

Sunday, 11 October 2020

Despite widespread protests against rape and the government’s plan to toughen the law in this regard, a female NGO worker was allegedly gang raped at her Maitkumra house at Fakirhat of Bagerhat district. 

Police arrested Mamun Sheikh, 30, early Sunday in this connection, reports UNB.

The victim filed a case against four people -- Mamun Sheikh, Firoz Nikari, 29, Raju, 25, and Musa, 29, -- in this regard on Sunday.  One of them is a three-wheeler driver and three others are construction and agriculture workers, police said. 

Pankaj Chandra Roy, Superintendent of Police of the district, said the four miscreants entered the victim’s house at night and raped her in turns. 

Police seized a video of the incident which was recorded by the rapists to blackmail her, Pankaj said. 

The culprits also looted Tk 16,000 and gold ornaments from the victim’s house. 

Patrol police arrested one of them but three others managed to flee, the SP said. 

 “We’re on a manhunt to catch others,” he added. 

The house-owner of the victim said the girl is married but she was staying alone in a rented room due to her job.   

The 25-year-old victim was sent to Bagerhat Sadar Hospital for medical tests. 

Local people demanded immediate arrest of the rapists.

According to Ain-o-Salish Kendra (ASK), a human rights organisation, some 1,000 rape cases were reported in the country, including 208 gang rapes, between January and September 2020.

Waves of anti-rape demonstrations erupted across Bangladesh after a video footage of five men gang-raping a housewife, stripping her naked and filming the video of the incident in Noakhali’s Begumganj upazila, went viral on social media on Sunday.

The incident occurred at Joykrishnapur village under Eklashpur union of the upazila on September 2.

Protesters including students, leaders and activists of different organisations have been demonstrating for the last few days over the growing incidents of rape, sexual harassment and violence against women in Bangladesh.