Police launch investigation into the rape of Srinagar girl

Victim’s father doubts effectiveness of police investigation
Police have launched an investigation into the rape of a girl in Munshiganj. Police are now trying to trace Sumon, the so-called friend of the college girl from Munshiganj who reportedly raped her during her visit to the capital to meet him on Friday.

Talking to the Dhaka Tribune yesterday, the victim’s father said some police members from New Market police station had visited her daughter at hospital to take her statement yesterday.

“We have almost given up hope of a police investigation and stopped contacting anyone from the police authorities. But today some policemen from New Market police station came to the hospital and took my daughter’s statement,” he said.

However, he expressed doubt over the effectiveness of police investigation.

“They told us that they would find and arrest the culprit, but we will only believe it after they show progress with the case,” he told the Dhaka Tribune.

The victim, from Vaggokul village in Munshiganj’s Sreenagar upazila, had never been to the capital before her visit on Friday. She came to Dhaka on the invitation of her “friend” Sumon, who claimed to be employed at the Parliament.

Taking the girl to a house Sumon claimed was his brother’s, he raped her and later sent her back to Munshiganj by bus.

She is currently undergoing treatment at One-Stop Crisis Centre (OCC) in Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

Dr Bilkis Begum, coordinator of the OCC, told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday that the victim’s forensic test was done.

“We have run the forensic and some other laboratory tests of the victim, and the reports indicate that she was sexually assaulted. The report will be sent to police to support shortly,” she said.

Talking to the Dhaka Tribune, Abdur Rahim, sub-inspector at New Market police station, said: “We have gotten the victim’s statement are now analysing it to trace the location of the house where she was taken.”

Primarily, a general diary was filed in this regard, but it would be turned into a sexual assault case once the police got a lead in the investigation, the police officer said.


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