2 arrested for raping minor girl
Two people were arrested on charges of raping a minor girl in Mymensingh yesterday.
In another incident, three people were held for holding a village arbitration over a rape incident, while a female quack was held for giving medicine to abort the girl's pregnancy in Noakhali on the same day.
In Mymensingh, police held two people, including an eighth grader, in connection with raping a class-V madrasa student and recording the incident on mobile phone in Bhaluka.
One of the arrestees is Atiqul Islam, 21, of Paragaon Gouripur village in Bhaluka.
On Thursday night, the victim's father lodged a case against the two with Bhaluka Police Station.
Quoting the case statement, Bhaluka Police Station OC Mohammad Mainuddin said the eighth grader had been stalking the 12-year-old girl on her way to her madrasa for a long time.
On April 15, the girl was alone at her home, and the boy entered the house and raped her, the police officer said.
The boy told his friend Atiqul about the incident and Atiqul started blackmailing the girl that he would disclose the incident if she did not agree to have physical relations with him.
On May 28, Atiqul forcibly took the girl to his house and the two raped her and caught the incident on mobile phone, the statement said.
The accused then asked her to continue physical relations. They threatened her to release the video clip, if she did not agree.
As the girl turned down their proposal, they shared the clip with some of their friends in the locality on Thursday. Following this, the victim's father lodged the case.
In Noakhali's Begumganj, police held three people, including a union parishad member, for holding a village arbitration over a rape incident, while a female quack was held for giving medicine to abort the girl's pregnancy.
But the rape accused, Kawsar Ahmed Hamid, 28, of Durgapur village in Begumganj upazila, was yet to be arrested.
Police said Kawsar had an affair with the 15-year-old girl and they had physical relations.
At one stage, the girl became pregnant.
On July 6, Kawsar forced the girl to have the abortion.
Later, both the families sat in an arbitration and decided that Kawsar would marry the girl. But he started dillydallying to marry the girl.
On Thursday night, the victim's mother lodged a case against 11 people.
Following the case, police arrested the four, said Harunur Rashid Chowdhury, OC of Begumganj Police Station.
The arrestees were produced before a Noakhali court which sent them to jail.
[Our Mymensingh and Noakhali correspondents contributed to this report]