A Dinajpur court yesterday sent three men, accused of gang-raping a 10th-grader in a case filed by her father, to jail in the district's Ghoraghat upazila.
All three were arrested on Sunday night after the victim's father filed a rape case with the Ghoraghat Police Station the same day.
The arrestees are Labu Mia, 28, a night guard, Ashraful Islam, 35, and Omar Faruk, 21, a mason.
Police sent all the accused to Dinajpur District Jail through a local court yesterday, said Azim Uddin, officer-in-charge of the station.
According to family members and the first information report (FIR) filed with Ghoraghat Police Station, Labu had gotten hold of the girl's phone number and, pretending to be someone she knew, lured her to a nearby litchi orchard on Saturday night.
When the girl, aged around 17 and belonging to an ethnic minority community, went to the location, Labu and his accomplices Ashraful and Omar restrained and raped her. The rapists fled when the girl lost consciousness.
Unable to contact her, the victim's family members started searching for her and found her unconscious and bleeding around 3:00am on Sunday morning. She was rushed to hospital.
Meanwhile, the accused threatened the family with dire consequences if they disclosed the incident, according to the FIR.
On Sunday night, the victim's father filed the case and police arrested the three accused later that night.
According to data available from Bangladesh Peace Observatory's website, at least 23 sexual assault incidents have taken place in Dinajpur in 2020.
One victim has died.
Five incidents each took place in Dinajpur Sadar and Nawabganj upazila in the district.