The rape survivor was forced to marry one of her alleged rapists
Another suspect allegedly involved in the Pabna rape case has been arrested by police.
The arrestee has been identified as Osman Ali, 35, from Gati Shatmail village of Dapunia union in Pabna upazila.
Pabna sadar police station Investigative Officer-in-Charge (OC) Md Asaduzzaman confirmed the matter saying all five people have been arrested.
He said: “On a tip-off, we arrested the third suspect on Friday. Earlier, four others - Rasel Ahmed, Shariful Islam Ghontu, Shonju Hossain, and Hossain driver - were arrested.”
Pabna Sadar police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Obaidul Huq was withdrawn while Sub-Inspector (SI) Ekramul Haque was temporarily suspended on Thursday by the district police for their alleged involvement in the “forced marriage” of the rape survivor.
On September 5, the woman was reportedly forced to marry her alleged rapist inside Pabna Sadar police station premises. The rape survivor said OC Obaidul forced her into marrying her rapist, Rasel, after she had just filed a case against him.
According to the woman’s case statement, on August 29, her neighbor Rasel, abducted her and took her to his home in Sadar upazila, where Rasel and another man raped and confined her for two days.
On August 31, she was taken to an unused office space and was once again gang raped by Rasel and five others before she was let go.
On September 5, the woman was able to contact her family and was admitted to Pabna General Hospital.
OC Obaidul said the marriage was executed with the consent of both parties.