Child Rape in Bangladesh: ‘I couldn’t protect my daughter'
06:01 PM, July 07, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 05:19 PM, March 09, 2020

‘I couldn’t protect my daughter; try to save yours’

Says the father of 7-yr-old Saima, who was raped and murdered on Friday

The father of seven-year-old Saima, who was raped and murdered in Wari of Dhaka on Friday, today appealed to the parents to stay alert so that their daughters do not fall prey to brutality like his daughter.

"I urge the country people, stay alert so that your daughters do not fall prey to the brutality my daughter was subjected to; try to protect your daughters," Abdus Salam said in a tear-choked voice.

"I couldn't save my daughter. She just stepped out taking the permission of my wife. She was supposed to take a lesson from her mother. But the 10 minutes never ended…I finished my prayers but she didn't return," he said.

He was addressing media at the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) media centre after detectives arrested the prime suspect in the case filed over the egregious crime.

Abdus Salam demanded capital punishment of the prime suspect Harun-ur-Rashid, who was arrested from Dabarbhanga area of Cumilla earlier in the day.

"I demand capital punishment. I demand that the suspect be executed in the shortest possible time," he said addressing the media people.

He also urged the authorities concerned so that this horrendous crime not get hushed up in any way.

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