Police on Tuesday arrested a youth on charge of raping a two and a half-year-old girl the day before in Bhashanchar area of Sadar upazila in Fairpdur.
The arrestee, Mintu Sheikh, 19, son of Kabir Sheikh in Bhashanchar village, is driver of battery-operated auto-rickshaw known as easy bike.
Mintu lured the child, playing near her house, to a bamboo grove and raped her, locals alleged, adding that he fled the scene after they rushed to the spot in response to her screams.
She was then admitted to Faridpur Medical College Hospital, they added.
Abu Sayed Chowdhury, a member of Ambikapur Union Parishad, confirmed the incident, saying, “We advised the victim's family to file a case against Mintu.”
AFM Nasim, officer-in-charge (OC) of Sadar Police Station, said, “We arrested Mintu on Tuesday evening in Bhashanchar area. But family members of the victim did not file any case as of 4:00pm [yesterday].”
“After the incident, on Monday night, the victim was admitted to Faridpur Medical College Hospital and on Tuesday afternoon she was moved to One-Stop Crisis Centre (OCC),” added the OC.
Salma Zahan, a lawyer at OCC in Faridpur, said, “We asked Sadar Police Station to take all necessary steps against the offender.”