News No. 09/2012, February 01, 2012
A JUMMA girl has been gang raped in Laxmichari under Khagrachari district, sources said.
The 17-year old girl was on her way to Manikchari along with one of her relatives today when the incident took place.
At 12 noon, a group of settler youths stopped their motorbike at Moghaichari, forcibly took her away into an isolated area and then raped her one by one.
The girl is a daughter of Noromya Chakma in the village of Dane Laxmichari uner Dulyatoli Union.
After hearing of the news, locals rescued her in senseless condition and informed the police about the incident.
Later Laxmichari Upazila chairman, UNO and Laxmichari Union Council chairman visited the place of occurrence and recovered a hairpin, a handkerchief, a black helmet and a towel from there.
The girl said four settler youths have raped her while his relative was tied and beaten up.
Laxmichari Sadar Union Council chairman Rajendra Chakma confirmed the incident and said, ‘We are preparing to lodge a case with the police.’
Residents of Laxmichari staged a demonstration in protest against the incident in the afternoon and submitted a memorandum to the Upazila Nirbahi Officer demanding immediate arrest of the culprits.
Ms Joymala Chakma, member of Laxmichari Union Council, led the demonstration.
According to locals, the suspects – Md Shamim, 18, son of Ratan Mian, Md Shahidul, 24, son of Khalil Mollah, Md. Rafiqul, 22, son of Imran Ali and Md. Reaz, 18, son of Ibrahim of Moghaichari cluster village – belong to Bangladesh Chattra League, the student wing of the Bangladesh Awami League.
Hill Women’s Federation has condemned the incident and urged the local administration to take immediate steps to bring the culprits to justice.