Several hundred people yesterday joined a human chain and a rally in the town demanding punishment to the rapist and abductors of a hearing and speech impaired girl and protection of the victim's family members and case witnesses.
A good number of physically and mentally challenged men and women also joined the human chain on Satkhira-Kaliganj road in front of Satkhira Collectorate Building.
Satkhira Pratibandhi Punarbasan Kalyan Samity, Bangladesh Pratibandhi Punarbasan Kalyan Samity and National Alliance of Disabled People's Organisations jointly organised the programme.
After getting released on bail, the two main charge-sheeted accused in the case for abduction and rape of the girl are now threatening the complainant and witnesses not to proceed further with the case, speakers told the rally.
They urged the deputy commissioner and the superintendent of police of Satkhira to take steps for ensuring security of the complainant and witnesses and punishment of the culprits.
Daughter of a rickshaw van driver of Dakkhin Sreepur village in Kaliganj upazila, the 16-year-old hearing and speech impaired girl worked as a maid at a house in the same village.