A Brahmanbaria court yesterday sent four teachers of a madrasa, including its principal, to jail on charge of killing a female student of the institution after rape.
The accused are -- Maulana Gulam Mostafa, principal of Salimganj Jannatul Ferdous Mahila Madrasa, and its teachers Maulana Anwar Hossain, Maulana Al-Amin and Hafez Md Yunus Mia.
On Monday evening, police recovered the hanging body of Amena Akter, 12, a sixth-grader of the madrasa, from a room in the institution. The victim was the daughter of Saudi expat Mominul Islam, a resident of Kanchanpur village under Nabinagar upazila.
A day later, her mother, Selina Khatun, filed a case against six people, including the four arrestees, alleging that they killed her daughter after raping her, police said.
Speaking to The Daily Star, the mother alleged that the principal often sexually harassed the girl and asked her to have a sexual relationship with him. The girl always refused.
Angry with the refusal, the principal, along with the three others, raped and killed her, the mother alleged, adding that the four men, with the help of a managing committee member of the madrasa hung her body from a staircase with a scarf to convince people that she committed suicide.
Following the case, police arrested four of the accused and produced them before a court yesterday. The court then sent them to jail, said Ranojit Roy, officer-in-charge (OC) of Nabinagar Police Station.
Whether she was murdered or she died by suicide would be confirmed after autopsy, the OC said.
Meanwhile in Habiganj, a 14-year-old school girl was allegedly raped by her neighbour in Madhabpur upazila on Tuesday night.
Speaking to The Daily Star, the girl's father said the accused, Ripon Mia, 19, used to stalk the girl on her way to school. A few days ago, the girl complained about Ripon to his family.
On Tuesday evening, the girl was alone at her home as other her family members went to visit one of their relatives.
When the girl went out to use the bathroom situated outside the house, Ripon abducted her, forced her to a nearby bamboo garden and raped her, alleged the father.
When the girl started screaming, locals rushed there and rescued her. She was taken to a local hospital for treatment, he added.
The father said he would file case against Ripon as soon as possible.
Contacted, Mohammad Iqbal Hossain, OC of Madhabpur Police Station, confirmed the incident and said the accused went into hiding and police were trying to arrest him.
(Our Brahmanbaria and Moulvibazar correspondents contributed to the story.)