Five girls aged between 11 and 15 had been allegedly raped in five districts since Saturday.
In Mymensingh's Gafargoan, police arrested village money lender Dabir Uddin, 52, of Dhopaghat area last night after he allegedly raped a 7th grader.
Quoting the 13-year-old victim and her family members, Abdul Ahad Khan, officer-in-charge of Gafargoan Police Station, said the suspect used to stalk the girl on her way to and from a local madrasa.
He forcibly took the girl to a secluded place when she was going to the madrasa last week and raped her, the OC said, adding that the suspect wielded a knife and threatened to kill her if she told anyone what had happened.
Yesterday morning, when the girl was walking to her madrasa, the suspect again waylaid her and took her to the same place and attempted to rape her. As the girl began to scream, locals rushed to the scene and rescued her. Dabir managed to flee at the time, the OC added.
The girl's father lodged a case with the police station accusing him in the afternoon. Dabir was arrested at his home later.
In Pabna's Sathia upazila, another 7th grader aged 14 was allegedly raped by three-wheeler driver Johurul, 26, and his friend Al Amin, 24, at an orchard around 12:30pm on Sunday.
She got on Johurul's auto-rickshaw to go home from her sister's house in Aminpur area. There was another passenger in the vehicle when she got on, said Mominul Islam, OC of Aminpur Police Station.
While on the way, the driver took her to an orchard. Passenger Al Amin and Johurul then gagged her with a towel and raped her, the OC said.
At one stage, when she managed to scream, the suspects ran away, he added.
Mominul added that locals, who saw her hiring the auto-rickshaw, identified the suspects who are residents of Brinandiara village in Aminpur area.
Police are looking for them, he added.
The girl's mother said her daughter was ill when locals brought her home.
After hearing what had happened, she went to the police station and filed a case.
In Chattogram's Patiya, a 15-year-old garment worker was allegedly raped by her colleague Ripon, 27.
She was admitted to a hospital, said Patiya Police Station OC Borhan Uddin.
He added that the suspect took the girl out on Pahela Baishakh and raped her at an empty house in Karnaphuli area around noon.
After she fell sick, Ripon along with two of his friends took her to a local hospital and fled, he said.
In Kishoreganj's Karimganj, an 11-year-old fifth grader was allegedly raped by her neighbour Kanon Mia, 52, on Saturday.
Kanon forcibly took the girl to a paddy field in the evening and raped her, said OC Mominul Islam of Karimganj Police Station, quoting the girl's family members.
Hearing her screams, family members and neighbours rushed to the scene and caught the suspect and handed him to police, the officer added.
The girl was admitted to a hospital, he added.
A Kishoreganj court sent the suspect to jail yesterday, he said. The girl's mother filed a case with the police station accusing Kanon.
In Narayanganj Rupganj, a 15-year-old garment worker was allegedly gang-raped by six men on Sunday evening, police said.
Three of the suspects Rahman, Akash Mia and Ismail Ali had been arrested after the girl filed a case with Rupganj Police Station yesterday evening, OC Mahmudul Hasan of Rupganj Police Station said.
The girl was walking to her home from a Baishakhi fair around 7:00pm when six young men stopped her at Ruposhi Pradhan Bari area and forcibly took her to an abandoned house and gang-raped her, the OC said.
The girl went to the police station later that night.