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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Bangladesh: Minority "Tripuri" girl raped by Bengali Muslim settler in Sindukchari

Submitted by: Kapaeeng Foundation
On 13 September 2009 a Tripura girl (18 years) of Manjoy Karbari Para of Sindukchari area under Mahalchari upazila in Khagrachari district was tried to rape by a Bengali settler named Md. Alamgir (27) s/o Altaf Munsi of Muslim Para of Sindukchari area.
It is learnt that on that day around 11.00 am victim was taking lunch for her father at Jum field of Choto Mura Para under Sindukchari, at that time Md. Alamgir blocked her and tried to be closed by talking with the victim. But failing to be closed, Alamgir first hit victim from the back that cause to falling lunch basket from hand of victim. At this stage, victim tried to run for escaping, but Alamgir caught her from the back.
At a stage of scuffle, victim became naked and was pulled to the bottom of hill of Paisongchara. Then Alamgir tried to rape and kill by holding victim’s throat tight. Hearing the shouts, victim’s father Shaheed Kumar Tripura proceeded toward the spot. Sensing the present of victim’s father, Alamgir rapidly left the spot. Victim sustained several injuries including nose and mouth. After rescuing his daughter, victim’s father Mr. Matindra Kumar Tripura went to the office of the Sindukchari union and put objection before the chairman and members of the union. At that time, Mr. Rashedul Islam Bhuiyan, Sub-Inspector (SI) of Guimara police station was also present at Sindukchari union office. But he did not take any action against the culprit. Victim filed a case under section 10 of Women and Children Repression (Amendment) Act of 2003 against Md. Alamgir on 13 September 2009.
But police did not arrest the culprit so far.Durbar Network and several women organisation organised press conference protesting violence against Jumma women including following three incidents, such as- (1) rape of Chakma woman (20 yrs) with disabilities by Grameen Bank named Nazrul Islam in Dighinala on 31 July 2009, (2) killing of Ponemala Tripura by Bengali settlers on 3 September 2009 at Sindukchari and (3) rape and kidnapping of Tripura girl (18 yrs) by Md. Alamgir on 13 September 2009.The rights groups demanded arrest and trial of Bengali settlers involved with these incidents.

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