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12:00 AM, August 26, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 04:07 AM, August 26, 2019

Raped, then tortured in arbitration

A mother of two has first been raped at her home and then tortured at a local arbitration in Dinajpur’s Biral upazila, alleged locals. 

The victim, housewife of a local Brahmin, was raped by 37-year-old Sumon Ali, of the district’s Sadar upazila, around 10:00pm on Friday. Around 2:00am yesterday, Sumon’s parents called a local arbitration, termed the victim characterless and tortured her in public, said the victim’s family members and locals. 

The victim was staying alone at her home, which is located in an isolated area of Biral upazila, as all her family members were out for celebrating Janmashtami. Taking the chance, Sumon intruded into her home and raped the woman, they added. 

Hearing the victim scream, locals rushed to the spot and held Sumon.

But he later managed to flee the scene, they said, adding Sumon then attended the local arbitration. 

In the arbitration, Sumon’s father Montaz Ali beat up the woman in public and broke one of her hands, the victim’s husband alleged. 

A rape case was filed with Biral Police station in this connection. 

Golam Rasul, officer-in-charge of the police station, said the accused was arrested and the law enforcers would take legal action against him. 

About the arbitration, the OC said there was no scope for holding such arbitrations and police were investigating the matter to find out who were involved in it. 

The victim was sent to M Abdur Rahim Medical College Hospital for medical tests, he added. 

Sub-Inspector Abdul Kader, investigation officer of the case, said the victim did not mention the torture and arbitration in the case statement. 

Police, however, found symptoms of torture on her body during primary investigation, he added. 

Contacted, Sumon’s father Montaz Hossain, denied the allegation and said they did not hit anybody at the arbitration. He declined to make any further comment in this regard. 

Mukul Chandra Roy, chairman of Rajarampur union parishad, was present at the arbitration and slapped the victim for several times, locals alleged. Contacted, he denied the allegations.

TWO MEN SUED OVER RAPE IN PIROJPUR

Two men were sued yesterday over the rape of a schoolgirl at Nesarabad upazila in Pirojpur.

One of the accused is Basu Deb Mondal, 21, of Bhadranko village in the upazila, and another is unidentified, said police.

The 15-year-old victim went to a temple to say prayers. On her way back to home, Basu, along with the unidentified man, picked her up and forcibly took her to a nearby guava orchard where they raped her, said the victim’s family.

The victim’s mother filed a case with Nesarabad Police Station accusing the duo, said Motahar Hossain, sub-inspector of the police station.

Police are trying to arrest the criminals, he added. 

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