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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Jaldhaka rape, killing of schoolgirl sparks protest

Source: The Daily Star

The students of Jaldhaka Pilot Girls' High School brought out a procession in the town yesterday demanding arrest and punishment of the rapist and killer of Eti Moni, a class ten student of the school.

On Wednesday evening, Eti Moni was raped and strangled allegedly by timber trader Mahmudar Rahman, 25, who usually stays in the sawmill adjacent to Eti's house at LSD Para in Jaldhaka municipality, said the victim's family members and police.

Mahmudar hails from Dundibari village in the upazila.

The victim's father said when he returned home from market, he saw Mahmudar hurrying out from the house. As he challenged, the latter left the place by overpowering him.

Entering the house, he found Eti Moni lying senseless on the floor with scurf around her neck. She was rushed to Jaldhaka Upazila Health Complex where on-duty doctors declared her dead.

The victim's father filed a rape and murder case with Jaldhaka Police Station accusing Mahmudar the next day.

The inquest report suggests that the girl was raped, Jaldhaka Police Station Officer-in-Charge Arman Hossain said, adding that police were trying their best to arrest the culprit.

Eti's post-mortem was done in the district hospital the next day.

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