12-yr-old rape victim's exam uncertain
A traumatized 12-year-old rape victim in Jamalpur Sadar upazila is facing uncertainty whether she will be able to sit for the Primary Terminal Examination, which is scheduled to start today.
Victim's parents said the six-month pregnant minor victim was allegedly raped by one of her neighbours.
The shocked girl, also daughter of a poor farm labourer of Sheikhpara village in the upazila, is scheduled to appear in the examination from Rashidpur Sheikhpara Government Primary School.
The incident came to light after she disclosed the matter to her parents due to different complications from pregnancy that occurred after being raped by Shahjahan, 40, also father of three, six months ago.
Parents of the girl said their neighbour Shahjahan waylaid their daughter on her way to school, took her to his house and raped her there.
Shahjahan also threatened the girl not to disclose the matter, otherwise, she will face dire consequences, her parents said.
After knowing the matter, the girl's parents took her to a private clinic in the town on Thursday where the doctors confirmed her six-month pregnancy.
Her parents alleged that although they want to file a case in this regard immediately, some local influential people, including public representatives, are trying to settle the issue through village arbitration.