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Mother of four 'gang-raped by AL men' for voting for 'sheaf of paddy'

01 January 2019,Tuesday, 23:01

Staff Correspondent

A mother of four was gang-raped at Subarnachar in Noakhali early Monday allegedly by 10 to 12 Awami League activists for voting for “sheaf of paddy”, the electoral symbol of the BNP, in Sunday's parliamentary election.

The 35-year-old victim, who was admitted to Noakhali General Hospital with severe injuries, alleged ruling party men violated her as she voted for BNP.

The woman said the rapists were accomplices of Ruhul Amin, a former member of Char Jubilee Union Parishad.

“They became angry with me as I did not cast my vote according to their instruction. They had asked me repeatedly to cast my ballot for boat (AL's electoral symbol) but I voted for 'sheaf of paddy',” she said.

She further said some 10-12 men carrying sticks entered her home shortly after midnight yesterday by cutting the surrounding fence. They tied her husband, who is a CNG-run auto-rickshaw driver, and four children with ropes.

“They took me outside at gunpoint and raped me in turns,” she said, groaning in pain.

She also said the rapists threatened that they would kill her husband and children and torch their house if she disclosed the incident of rape to anyone.

Soon after the criminals left around 4:00am, her husband and children cried for help.

Hearing their screaming neighbours rushed to the spot, who rescued them.

A village doctor was immediately called but as the victim was unconscious and bleeding, she was hurriedly taken to Noakhali General Hospital at noon, said he one neighbour, requesting anonymity.

A doctor on-duty, Shyamol Kumar Devnath, at the hospital said they found evidence of rape and torture marks on different parts of her body.

The victim's husband, who was also injured in the attack, alleged took away cash Tk 40,000, some gold ornaments and other valuables with them.

Contacted, superintendent of police in Noakhali, Elias Sharif, confirmed that the woman was violated but he said the incident is not related to election.

UNB reports, a man was arrested on Tuesday in this connection.
Police picked Mosharraf, a resident of the area, up from his house after a case was filed by the victim’s husband accusing nine people, officer-in-charge of Charjabbar Police Station Nizam Uddin said.

The OC admitted that the woman was tortured but could not confirm whether she was violated, saying it can be known after the medical test.

He also said they were investigating whether the incident was connected with previous enmity or election.


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