Passengers handed a man to railway police, alleging that he had raped a 10-year-old girl inside the toilet of the Jamuna Express on Wednesday night.
Samrat, 20, a porter in Kamalapur Railway Station, yesterday confessed to taking the first grader inside a toilet and raping her inside the moving train, said Rusho Banik, sub-inspector of Dhaka Railway Police Station.
“Samrat gave a confessional statement before the court of judicial magistrate Razib Hasan,” the officer said.
The girl told police that she went to visit Kamalapur Railway Station.
“Samrat convinced the gullible girl to get into the train. As the train left the station and crossed Tejgaon, he took her inside a toilet and raped her,” the SI said.
The passengers noticed that the child looked distressed and caught Samrat, Rusho said, adding that the passengers handed him to police at Airport Railway Station.
However, some passengers alleged that police kept the girl waiting for nearly 12 hours without ensuring the treatment given to a rape victim.
Rusho said there was a delay in filing of a case as police were trying to contact the girl’s family. He added that the girl was handed to her mother after being examined at Dhaka medical college hospital yesterday.
At least 496 children have been raped in the first six months of this year across the country, said Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum (BSAF), a platform of non-government organisations working for child rights.
Of them, 53 were gang-raped and 23 murdered after rape. Twenty-seven of the victims are physically challenged.
During the same period last year, 351 children were raped, the BSAF said in its report on July 2.
The platform prepared the report based on reports published in 15 national dailies between January and June and termed the rise in rape “very alarming”.
Only a week ago, the rape and killing of seven-year-old Saima in the capital’s Wari triggered widespread outrage.
2 ARRESTED FOR RAPE, ARBITRATION
Police yesterday arrested two villagers in Dinajpur’s Phulbari upazila on charges of raping a physically challenged fourth grader and then trying to settle the incident in a village arbitration.
Mehdul Islam, 46, and Sujon, 35, were arrested after the girl’s father filed a case with Phulbari Police Station yesterday.
The alleged rape took place on July 3 afternoon. The girl’s father said he had been scared of filing a case earlier.
Police yesterday sent the 11-year-old girl to hospital.
They said said alleged rapist Mehdul and his neighbour Sujon forced the girl’s parents to settle the matter in a village arbitration on July 4.