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Friday, July 29, 2011

Jumma girl raped in Baghaichari

A 13-year old Jumma girl has been raped by a Bengali settler in Baghaichari under Rangamati district.

The victim (name withheld) is a student of class seven at Tulaban High School and stays with her relative Mono Ranjan Chakma in the village of Bhokto Para under Rupokari Union

The incident occurred at 11am on Wednesday, 27 July. According to sources, one Abdul Majid, 28, son of late Abu Hossain Gazi went to the house of Mono Ranjan Chakma and found the girl alone. Mono Ranjan and all his family members had gone to bazaar. She was about to set out for school to attend an exam.

Majid put a fifty Taka note in her hand and asked for sex. When she refused, Majid grabbed and raped her.

One day after the incident Majid was arrested by police.

In protest against the incident, Bangladesh Teachers Association’s Baghaichari chapter staged a human chain at Upazila headquarters yesterday. Teachers and students from different schools in the area took part in the programme.

Gyana Ranjan Chakma, headmaster of Tulaban High School; Arun Lal Chakma, headmaster of Baghaichari High School; Jamal Uddin, headmaster of Kachalong High School; Bhadra Sen Chakma, headmaster of Kachalong Girls School and Prashanta Moy Chakma, headmaster of Ugolchari High School spoke at the gathering, condemning the incident.

They demanded exemplary punishment for the culprit and safety and security for the girl students.

On the other hand, several hundred Bengali settlers led by Bangali Chattra Parisahd (Bengali Students Council) laid a siege to the house of Sudarshan Chakma, chairman of Baghaichari Upazila, demanding the release of the rapist.

They tried to divert the issue towards communalism and save the culprit. However, the unruly settlers had to disperse when the local administration intervened.

source: chtnews.com

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