Police arrested two people from Chattogram’s Banskhali upazila on Tuesday night for gang raping a 15-year old.
At the same time, around 12 people were arrested on charges of rape — four in Chattogram and four in Thakurgaon and another four in Jashore and Faridpur.
In Chattogram, the arrestee Md Abdul Bashar, 45, and Md Jamir, 35, raped the girl in a paddy field around 10:30pm on Tuesday, said police.
Rezaul Karim, officer-in-charge of Banshkhali Police Station, told The Daily Star, “Bashar and the victim knew each other [from before]. The girl used to work as a domestic help in the port city.
“Bashar helped the girl get the job, after which the employer told him that they did not need her and to take the girl home. He came to the port city and took the girl to Banshkhali instead to rape her. After Bashar, his friend Jamir raped her,” added the OC.
Hearing the girl’s screams, locals rescued her and informed police, who arrested the duo that very night.
The victim was sent to the One-Stop Crisis Center of Chattogram Medical College Hospital for medical tests, while her mother filed a case against the duo.
Another two people were arrested from Chattogram for raping a girl in Moulvibazar.
Besides, a court in Dhaka recorded statement of a 13-year-old rape victim.
According to the statement, the girl, who is a theatre activist, met Fazlul Haque, founder of a theatre group, on October 20.
When Fazlul found the girl alone, he took his friend Akther’s help to rape her, said Abdul Momen, sub-inspector of Hazaribagh Police Station.
On the other hand in Faridpur, two men — Zahurul and Abdullah — forcibly picked up a girl and took her to a secluded spot where one Elias was waiting to rape her, said Md Aminul Rahman, OC of Boalmari Police Station.
Sensing trouble, locals caught Elias and handed him over to police.
In Jashore, a court yesterday sent a man to jail on charge of raping a woman.
Manik Hossain, 24, a resident of Barandipara area in the district town, raped the girl on October 27 after making promises of marriage.
Later, the victim called an official of the administration, after which law enforcers rescued her and arrested the alleged rapist, said Moniruzaman, OC of the Jashore Kotwa Police Station.
In Moulvibazar, another young man was sued over rape charges on Tuesday at Kamalganj upazila.
The accused is Jubayed Ali Shakil, 25.
On Tuesday, the girl gave her statement before a court in Dhaka, police sources said.
Meanwhile, a housewife was gang raped in Panchagarh and a cased was filed in this regard with Boda Police Station on Tuesday night, after which police arrested four accused in an overnight drive.
They were produced before court yesterday afternoon, after which they were sent to jail.
(Our correspondents from Faridpur, Chattogram, Benapole and Moulvibazar contributed to the report.)