DHAKA, JAN 5: The accused in the gang rape of a college student at Savar wanted to “earn” money by blackmailing the victims’ family with video clips of the crime, police sources told The Independent on Saturday. The revelation came on the same day police arrested another accused, Wasim, from Bank Colony area.
Earlier on Thursday night, Savar Model Thana police had arrested four alleged culprits from different areas of Savar and Manikganj district. They were identified as Suchi alias Liza, Raihan, Danesh and Mohiuddin. They have confessed to the crime, police sources said.
Police said the other accused, including Zahed alias Raju, a second-year accounting student in Savar University College, and his friends Shahin, Lutfar, Alim and Masud, were still absconding.
In a related development, Savar University College authorities have expelled Raju and another student for their alleged involvement in the gang rape and making a porn video of the newly married girl.
The victim’s family said the crime took place on November 25, last year, but they kept the matter a secret, in fear of social stigma. They were, however, compelled to lodge a police complaint on Thursday, after Danesh showed the footage of the incident to the victim’s mother, in a bid to blackmail the family for money. The family has named 11 youths in their complaint lodged at Savar Model police station.
Neighbours said the 21-year-old student was married to an expatriate youth in a Middle East country, one-and-a-half years back. They were wedded over the phone and the girl is yet to meet her husband.
Recounting the chain of events, a police source said, “Danesh used to stalk the girl and locals had beaten him up for this, a few months ago. Danesh then decided to take revenge for the insult by instigating his nephew, Jahed, to rape the girl.”
According to the alleged plot, Liza had picked up the victim from her house at Singair in Manikganj district, and took her to Savar. The accused had told the victim that she needed to visit her sick aunt.
Liza then took the girl to a flat in a five-storey building near Chhapra Mosque, in Savar’s Bank Colony area, where some youths were waiting for them. The female accomplice then left the place.
Soon, one of the youths jumped on the victim and she screamed. At this, a youth named Shaheen beat the girl up and covered her mouth with his hand. Later, Jahed raped her. The other youths in the room took video footage of the nude girl. They had also put on music on high volume, to suppress the victim’s screams, the source said.
The victim told police that the youths had threatened to leak the footage, if she ever spoke of the incident.
The girl was sent to the One-stop Crisis Centre (OCC) of Dhaka Medical College and Hospital, for tests, said OCC coordinator Bilkis Begum.
Sub-inspector Mohammad Ashraful Alam said, “The accused have given us several sensitive information during interrogation. We are trying to verify them.”
Talking to The Independent over phone, Shyamol Kanti Ghosh, Dhaka district’s additional police superintendent who is supervising the case, said, “We are trying to arrest the main culprits behind this incident. We are also taking initiatives for necessary medical cheek-up of the victim.”