Raped girl whipped to death
Four arrestees were remanded yesterday for links with a fatwa (religious edict) that led to whipping of a rape victim to death in Shariatpur.
Fourteen-year-old Hena, daughter of farmer Darbesh Kha of Chamta village in Naria upazila, was raped by her cousin Mahbub, 40, Sunday night.
The victim's father filed a murder case with Naria Police Station accusing 18 people.
Naria police arrested four of the accused and prayed for a seven-day remand before a court. Judicial Magistrate Abdul Mannan placed Mahbub's wife Shilpi Begum on remand for three days, Mofiz Uddin, imam of Chamta village mosque, for two days and Joynal Meer Malot and Alabux Korati for one day each.
Mahbub and the other accused are on the run.
Shariatpur Superintendent of Police AKM Shahidur Rahman said the police are hunting for the other accused.
Shariatpur Civil Surgeon Golam Sarwar said that after post mortem of the body, samples have been sent to Dhaka Medical Forensic Department for viscera report.
Meanwhile, Hena was buried at her family graveyard yesterday after a namaz-e-janaza in the afternoon.
Different organisations held rallies and human chains in protest at the social crime. They demanded immediate arrest and punishment of Mahbub and the ones who issued and executed the fatwa. Shusashoner Janno Nagorik (Shujan), district unit of an alliance for prevention of domestic repression; Prothom Alo Bandhu Shabha and district unit of Human Rights Commission held a human chain in front of the deputy commissioner's (DC) office.
The victim's family said Idris Fakir, a union parishad member and an accused in the case, have been offering Hena's father Tk 7 lakh to stop proceeding with the case.
On Sunday night, when Hena went out of her house to respond to nature's call, Mahbub forcibly took her to an abandoned house nearby and raped. Hearing her screaming, Mahbub's wife Shilpi Begum and brother came there. But surprisingly they beat up the rape victim. At one stage, Hena's father and some relatives reached the spot and rescued her.
As the news spread, some locals including Idris Fakir, Saiful, a teacher of Chamta Abul Bashar Madrasa; Mofiz Uddin, Latif Meer Malot, Akkas, Yasin and Joynal Meer Malot, Alabux Korati arranged for arbitration. They sentenced the rapist to 200 lashes with Tk 50,000 fine and 100 lashes to the victim.
The punishment for the rapist, Mahbub, was reduced from 200 to 100 lashes. But Hena could not escape punishment and lost her consciousness after 60 to 70 whippings. Her relatives took her to Naria Upazila Health Complex where she finally lost her battle for life Monday night.