Village arbitrator among 3 sent to jail over rape of 22-year-old in Bogura

Three people accused in a case filed over the rape of a 22-year-old woman were sent to jail today in Bogura’s Sherpur upazila.

The arrestees are Rabiul Islam (19), Abdul Jalil (32) and Saiful Islam (55). Of them, Saiful is a village arbitrator who settled the case by taking money from the accused, said police.

Bogura’s Senior Judicial Magistrate Touhidul Islam Chowdhury sent them to jail today after the three accused admitted their involvement in the incident, said Gaziur Rahman, additional superintendent of police (Sherpur circle).

According to the case statement, Rabiul and Jalil are the victim’s neighbours. They raped her on October 26.

When locals came to know of the incident, village arbitrators – Khodabaksh, Faridul Islam, and Saiful Islam – settled the case after taking Tk 23,000 in cash from the accused.

Of the amount, the arbitrators took Tk 16,000 in cash and gave Tk 7,000 to the victim, said police official Gaziur Rahman.

The victim’s husband filed the rape case against five people who were named and one unknown person yesterday, said the additional SP.

A medical test was conducted on the victim and police are trying to arrest the other accused.

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