A 24-year-old woman with autism was allegedly raped in front of her mother at their home in Rajshahi’s Paba upazila early yesterday.
Police arrested five -- Asadul Islam, 25, Dukhu Mia, 35, Sajib, 20, Sakim Ali, 20, and Bairul Islam, 32 -- after the victim’s cousin filed a case with Damkura Police Station.
According to the case statement, Asadul intruded into the victim’s room and raped her around 12:15am and the others guarded the room.
The victim’s mother, who also has autism, was in the same room at the time as they have been sharing the same room for last 20 years, the case statement added.
Hearing the victim scream, locals rushed to the spot and detained all five accused. They then handed over the criminals to police, Majharul Islam, officer-in-charge of Damkura Police Station, said.
The victim, daughter of a late freedom fighter, was immediately taken to a safe home and later sent to One-Stop Crisis Centre at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital, the police official added.
Locals said Asadul and his cohorts were illegal cattle traders. They used to bring cattle from India with Tk 12,000 per pair. They stayed at a house in the victim’s neighbourhood before committing the crime.
Meanwhile, a magistrate court in the district sent the accused to jail as the victim identified them before it yesterday evening.
Police sought a seven-day remand for each of the accused but the court fixed September 29 for further hearing of the case.