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Mentally challenged woman raped in Tangail bus
Staff Reporter

Mentally challenged woman raped in Tangail bus

A bus driver allegedly raped a mentally challenged woman late on Thursday night, on the eastern side of Bangabandhu Bridge, in Tangail. A confessional statement, given before the Assistant Judicial Magistrate's Court by his helper yesterday, revealed the incident. The woman has been sent to a government shelter home.

Mosharaf Hossain, officer-in-charge (OC) of Bangabandhu Bridge East police sation, confirmed the matter to The Independent. A police patrol came to know about the incident at around 12 midnight. The woman was rescued from the bus. She told the police that she had been raped. Later, the police detained the bus driver's assistant, Nazmul (25). The accused driver was absconding and the police are trying to find him, said the OC.

 On Friday, Nure Alam, sub-inspector of the police station, filed a case under the Women and Child Repression Prevention Act against the driver, Alam Khandker (45), and helper Nazmul. Alam was accused of raping the woman and Nazmul of helping him. Alam is the son of Ennah Ali and Nazmul is the son of Ataur Rahman.

 In his statement before the court, Nazmul said the woman got on the bus on Thursday night. All the passengers got down at different places. After reaching the new bus stand on the eastern side of the bridge, Alam raped the woman. During this time, Nazmul stood at the door of the bus.

 Hearing the woman’s cry for help, a night guard informed the police patrol and the law enforcers rescued the woman from the bus and arrested the helper. The woman was admitted to the Tangail General Hospital and medical tests were carried out at noon on Friday.

 The police said the woman was mentally challenged. She can only tell her name and the district from where she hails.

 

On Saturday, the police appealed before the Tangail Judicial Magistrate’s Court to send her to a government shelter home. She is now at a government shelter home at Pubail in Gazipur.

 On April 9, five people were arrested for the alleged gang-rape of a garment worker inside a running bus, on the Dhaka-Aricha highway, at Dhamrai in Manikganj.

 In a similar incident, a garment worker was allegedly gang-raped by four men, including her boyfriend, in the Hemayetpur area of Savar on May 16.

 Last year, a college student, Jakia Sultana Rupa, 27, was gang-raped and murdered on August 25. The incident took place on a moving bus travelling from Sirajganj to Mymensingh. Five people were arrested two days later. Of them, four transport workers were awarded death penalty in a case filed for the rape and killing of Rupa. The other accused, also a staff of the bus, was sentenced to seven years.