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9 July, 2019 09:58:55 AM
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‘Loss of evidence a big concern for rape case victims’

Staff Reporter, Barishal
‘Loss of evidence a big concern for rape case victims’

Elimination or destruction of evidence in different ways makes it difficult to prove a case of rape. Only 30 per cent of medical tests succeed in doing so. The rest fail to establish the crime due to damaged or lost evidence. Among the proved cases, 60 per cent of the victims were aged under 18 years, 35 per cent between 19 and 28 years, and 5 per cent were aged above 30 years.

In the last six months, 160 victims were admitted to the one-stop crisis centre (OCC) at Barishal’s Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital (SBMCH) after being referred by the police for medical tests.   Among them, 153 were admitted to the hospitral between January and June, and seven more in the first week of July, according to sources in the forensic department of SBMCH.

In total, 122 of these victims were from Barishal, 22 from Barguna, and four each from Pirojpur, Bhola, Patuakhali and Jhalakathi districts under Barishal division. Dr ABM Nazmul Huda, assistant professor of the SBMCH forensic department, said lack of awareness on the part of the victims, such taking a shower, washing clothes, or delay in informing the crime to the police, caused loss of or damage to evidence needed to establish an act of rape.

Out of the 160 victims sent to SBMCH for medical tests, 122 were from Barishal district, including 39 referred by four police stations of the Barishal Metropolitan Police; 22 from Gournadi; 12 from Bakerganj; nine from each of Hizla and Wazirpur; seven each from Muladi, Banaripara and Mehendiganj; six from Agoiljhara; and four from Babuganj police stations of the district.

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