A man was arrested yesterday for raping a seven-year-old on Friday in Feni, while three others were arrested on charges of attempt to rape, sexual harassment and physical abuse in Pirojpur, Moulvibazar and Netrokona yesterday.
In Feni, when the seven-year-old girl was home alone around noon, their neighbour, Md Bahar, 25, entered their home in the absence of her parents and lured her with Tk 10 to go with him to a nearby under-construction shop, where he raped her, the victim’s family and police sources said.
After the victim’s mother came home and saw that she was not there, she set out to search for her daughter. When she went near the under-construction shop, she heard her daughter’s screams. Sensing the mother’s presence, Bahar fled the spot.
MM Murshed, officer-in-charge (OC) of Chagolnayya Police Station, said the victim’s father filed a rape case with them after which they arrested Bahar, the prime accused in the case.
Later, Bahar was produced before a court where he confessed to the rape, said Golam Jilani, the court inspector in Feni.
In Pirojpur, an elderly man was arrested yesterday for sexually harassing two minor girls in Sohagdal village under Nesarabad upazila.
The arrestee is Fazlul Haque, 65.
Shahidul Islam, OC of Nesarabad Police Station, said the victims are cousins, aged 10 and 11. They were both molested by Fazlul when they went fishing in a nearby pond on Tuesday.
The same thing happened when they went fishing again the next day, after which the girls told their parents about what Fazlul did.
One of the victims’ fathers filed a case against Fazlul under the Women and Child Repression Prevention Act early yesterday, the OC said, adding that police then arrested Fazlul, who was later produced before a court which sent him to jail.
In Moulvibazar, Mulayem Khan, 45, was arrested early yesterday for molesting and physically assaulting a housewife in Baramchal village under Kulaura upazila.
According to police and locals, the victim is the wife of an expatriate worker. Mulayem had been stalking and sexually harassing her for long.
A few days ago, Mulayem allegedly asked the victim to get into a sexual relationship with him, which she refused. On Thursday afternoon, Mulayem went to her house, physically assaulted her and fled.
The victim filed a case for physical assault with Kulaura Police Station on Friday afternoon. Police arrested him yesterday, said Nur Hossain, sub-inspector of the police station.
Speaking to The Daily Star, Zakir Hossain, Residential Medical Officer of Kulaura Upazila Health Complex, said the victim, who was undergoing treatment at the complex, had multiple injury marks on different parts of her body.
Meanwhile in Netrokona, police yesterday arrested an easy-bike driver for attempting to rape a third-grader on Friday in Purba Katuli village under the upazila.
Md Tajul Islam, OC of Netrakona Model Police Station, said the arrestee, Kamal Mia, 60, had a good relationship with the victim’s family. He went to the victim’s house, where she was alone, on Friday noon and attempted to rape her.
Hearing her screams, neighbours rushed to the spot and rescued the girl. But Kamal managed to flee the scene.
Hearing the news, angry locals caught Kamal and handed him over to police. The victim’s grandfather filed a case with the police station accusing Kamal, said the OC.
Our Feni, Pirojpur, Mymensingh and Moulvibazar correspondents contributed to the report.