News No. 131/2012, Friday, December 15, 2012
A FOUR-YEAR old Marma girl was raped by a Chakma youth in Naniachar in Rangamati district on 12 December, Wednesday.
The police arrested Jiko Chakma, 20, in connection with the incident.
Locals and the victim’s parents said, at about 10pm on the day of incident Ziko Chakma of Bihar Para lured the girl, his neighbour, to Kinapoti Janabal Buddhist temple and then raped her.
As the girl screamed and wailed in pain, nearby villagers and the temple’s guard rushed there and caught Ziko Chakma. He was later handed over to the police.
The girl was admitted first to Naniachar Upazila Health complex in critical condition and later shifted to Chittagong Medical College Hospital for better treatment.
On Thursday, the accused was produced before Rangamati district judge’s court and the court refused to grant him bail.
The Hill Women’s Federation has condemned the rape of the Marma girl as “most reprehensible” and demanded that the perpetrator be awarded exemplary punishment for the heinous crime.
It urged Jumma political and traditional leaders to take effective measures to deal with this new malaise in Jumma society.