The accused abducted the girl and raped her in a house, according to police
Police have arrested a man for raping a 14-year-old madrasa girl in Keraniganj of Dhaka.
The arrestee was identified as Biplob alias Dipu, 28, son of Kolim of Bamonshur area.
Abu Salam, officer-in-charge of Keraniganj Model police station, on Monday said Biplob abducted the girl and raped her in a house.
“He freed the victim after eight hours with a threat to kill her if she revealed the incident to anyone.”
Later on Sunday night, police arrested Biplob when the rape survivor’s mother filed a case against him.
The arrestee was sent to jail after being produced before the court on Monday afternoon.
Bangladesh's rape epidemic
Sexual assaults on women continue unabated in Bangladesh, despite the government introducing the death penalty for rapes last year.
A recently released police headquarters report said that 26,695 rape cases were filed across the country in the past five years.
Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK) data shows that 1,018 children were raped last year alone, but only 683 police cases had been filed. Also, 116 survivors were six years old or below.
Overall, 1,627 rape cases were reported last year and 53 of the women were killed by the perpetrators while 14 took their own lives, as per the data.
However, ASK's data is just the tip of the iceberg, according to aid agencies, who report that most women are too afraid to report rape.
In October 2020, the country was rocked by protests after a woman was allegedly attacked and raped in Noakhali.
In November last year, Bangladesh introduced capital punishment for rape, following days of protests against sexual violence against women in several cities across the country.
But human rights organizations say the move will not solve the country's rape crisis, as the survivors of the heinous crime are often stigmatized in society.