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12:00 AM, January 10, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, January 10, 2017

Kalpana Chakma Abduction Case

Hearing on no-confidence today

Indigenous women becoming unsafe day by day, speakers tell Rangamati rally

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The hearing of the no-confidence petition in Kalpana Chakma abduction case will start in the district today.

On November 28 last year, Kalpana Chakma's elder brother Kalindi Kumar Chakma filed the petition, rejecting the probe report of the case, before the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Sabrina Ali.

The investigation officer of the case had filed the report on September 7, without identifying any abductors in this connection.

Meanwhile, different women's organisations in the hill district yesterday demanded arrest and exemplary punishment of the culprits who abducted Kalpana Chakma.

Leaders and activists of Hill Women's Federation, Parbatya Chattagram Nari Sangha, Sajek Nari Somaj and Ghilachhari Nari Rakkha Committee came up with the demand at a demonstration programme in Kudukchhari Bazar in Rangamati's Naniarchar upazila yesterday, ahead of the hearing of the no-confidence petition today.

While addressing the rally chaired by Monti Chakma, president of Hill Women's Federation's Rangamati unit, speakers said indigenous women are being raped frequently and becoming unsafe day by day, adding that if the culprits are not punished they will feel more insecure. 

Although twenty years have passed since the abduction, the investigation officer of the case failed to find any evidence and identify the kidnappers of Kalpana Chakma, they said.

Kalpana Chakma, organising secretary of Hill Women's Fedaration, an organisation of indigenous women in Chittagong Hill Tracts, was abducted from her residence in Baghaichari upazila of Rangamati on June 11, 1996.

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