Girl raped after arriving in capital to meet a ‘friend’

The victim was not able to locate the house
A 17-year-old college girl was allegedly raped by her so-called friend on Friday when she came to the capital to meet him.

The victim, who hails from Vaggokul village of Shreenagar in the Munshiganj district, is now receiving treatment at the One-Stop Crisis Center (OCC) of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).

Talking to the Dhaka Tribune, the girl said she met Sumon at the Balashpur Bus Stand in Shreenagar a week ago who introduced him as an employee of the Bangladesh Parliament.

“He [Sumon] also said he was also a local of my area and knew that my father and elder brother owned a shop at the capital’s Gausia Shopping Complex market,” she added.

She further said after a conversation, they exchanged mobile numbers and talked over the phone many times in the last seven days. Later, the boy asked her to visit him in the capital on Friday.

Excepting his invitation, she arrived at the capital’s Gulistan by bus at around 10:00am. Sumon then picked her from there and took her on a tour of the Parliament area. Later, they took a rickshaw and went to a house which Sumon claimed was his brother’s residence.

The boy then raped the victim in the house and then sent her back to Munshiganj by bus.

The victim was not able to locate the house as she was new to the capital.

After reaching Munshiganj, the girl called her mother and asked her to pick her up from the bus stand.

Later, when the victim’s mother found that her daughter was continuously bleeding she took her to a local clinic.

“As the local clinic failed to stop the bleeding, my daughter was admitted to DMCH at midnight,” said the victim’s mother.

A DMCH doctor, requesting anonymity, said the girl was out of danger and have been referred to the OCC.

OCC Coordinator Dr Bilkis Begum said the girl was admitted to the centre around 8:00pm yesterday and the forensic department, after conducting tests, would be asked to determine if she was raped.

“After receiving the forensic report, we would provide legal support to the victim,” she added.


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