Arecent report by Prothom Alo describing how a raped woman in Sitakunda was framed in a false case of Yaba possession by unscrupulous police officials should shock even the most insensate mind.
On August 29, the husband of the victim took her to a local police station and filed a complaint alleging that she was being threatened by his sons from another marriage with framing her in Yaba cases. The police didn't investigate their allegations. Instead, their worst fears came true the next day.
She was first raped by her husband's sons from the previous marriage, who were aided by her former husband. She was then abducted and taken to a secluded place far from her house. Then, having colluded with her abductors, a group of police officials arrived at the scene to arrest her on the charge of possessing Yaba pills, which were kept there by her abductors. The most senior officer then forced one of her female sub-ordinates to file a case against the victim. She had to stay three months behind bars.
The surreal details of the case emerged only after the court asked two different investigative branches of the police to investigate the case upon receiving a complaint from the victim's husband.
There are a number of takeaways from the case. It shows how the drug cases can be exploited. This case also calls for an increased accountability of police officials who work on the ground. The police's internal investigation departments should be empowered and given more resources to investigate allegations against its own officials.
The extent of injustice caused to the woman is unfathomable. It is unthinkable that those very people in uniform who were supposed to bring the victim's rapists to justice conspired with them and implicated her in another case. We wonder whether these officials deserve to wear uniform and claim to be protector of the people.