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Madrasa teacher held over ‘raping’ 7-yr old child in Benapole

UNB, Benapole
Madrasa teacher held over ‘raping’ 7-yr old child in Benapole
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A Madrasa teacher was arrested on Monday for allegedly raping a seven-year-old girl at Bhaberber village of Sharsha upazila in Jashore.

The accused was identified as Salman Rafsi, teacher of Bhaberber Madrasa.

Victim’s father said the child went to the Madrasa around 9am where Salman raped her after classes ended and other students left.

The girl was bleeding when she returned back home and disclosed the matter to her parents, he said.

The victim was sent to Jashore General Hospital with severe wounds.

Later, her father filed a case at Benapole Port Police Station in this regard.

Rise of child rapes in Bangladesh

Between January and December last year, 1,018 children were victims of rape but only 683 cases were filed, according to data compiled by Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK).

Surprisingly, 116 of the victims were aged 6 years or lower.

Overall, 1,627 incidents of rape were documented last year. Fifty-three of them were killed after rape and 14 of the victims took their own lives, ASK data showed.

The data was collected from various newspaper reports. But the actual number is believed to be higher as many victims choose not to report assaults fearing their safety.

Bangladesh amended the law to ensure the death penalty for rape last November amid countrywide outrage sparked by gang rape incidents in Sylhet MC College hostel and Noakhali.

The cabinet approved the amendment on October 12 last year. A day later, the president promulgated an ordinance in this regard.

Between Oct 13 and Dec 31, a staggering 160 incidents of rape were reported, ASK said.

Perpetrators are rarely held to account. The Human Rights Watch said the conviction rate for rape in Bangladesh is below 1 percent.

BK

 

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