• Saturday, Oct 01, 2022
  • Last Update : 09:54 am

1 of 6 youths arrested over gang rape in Gopalganj

  • Published at 06:24 pm August 27th, 2017
Police have arrested one of six youths accused of raping a minor girl in Gopalganj’s Kotalipara upazila after a local arbitration let them go scot free by allegedly making them pay Tk3 lakh in fines. The arrest was made at the upazila’s Shuagram on Saturday night hours after the victim’s father filed a case against the six with Kotalipara police over the rape of his daughter, a seventh-grader, on August 15. Earlier that afternoon, the arbitration, led by Kotalipara upazila Vice-Chairman Motiar Rahman Hajra and Vice-Chairwoman Laxmi Rani Sarker, had “settled the matter” in the presence of influential residents of the village. The arbitrators had fined Anik Baidya, the prime accused and first to be arrested in the case, and Dipankar Baidya, 25, Tk75,000 each. It also fined Rony Baidya, 18, Shimul Baidya, 19, and Tomal Bairagi, 19, Tk50,000 each. All five are from Shuagram. The sixth accused is Sumon Biswas, 20, from Raghunathpur in Gopalganj sadar. Laxmi Rani and some parents of the accused told the Dhaka Tribune that the fine was collected on the spot and later handed over to Motiar Rahman Hajra for safekeeping. But the upazila vice-chairman denied having the money. Motiar said: “We did take an initiative, but it wasn’t successful. If the matter was settled, then the rape case wouldn’t have been filed and police wouldn’t have arrested anyone.” The father of the schoolgirl had not agreed to the settlement made by the arbitration and later went on to sue the six youths. Kotalipara police station Sub-Inspector Shahadat Hossain said the case over the gang rape was lodged around 11:30pm on Saturday. “We heard about the settlement of the matter through arbitration. But in this kind of case, that can’t happen in line with the law. “We’ve already arrested the main accused and are trying to catch the other five. The victim’s medical examination will be conducted soon too.” According to the case docket, on the evening of August 15, the schoolgirl was returning home from Shuagram temple after attending a Kirtan programme when Anik and the five others attacked her near the Shuagram bridge. Then they forcibly took her to a remote place on the north side of the bridge and took turns raping her. The girl’s father said the families of the rapists had threatened him when he first attempted to take legal action. The arbitrators had also held several meetings at the Baidya households to settle the issue since August 15. Several villagers, requesting anonymity, said the arbitrators had even asked the girl’s father to not pursue legal measures against the rapists. “Even though I objected, the upazila vice-chairman on Saturday afternoon had fined the rapists a total of Tk3lakh. Later in the night I started the case,” said the father.
Facebook 50
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail