LGRD official held for attempted rape of child in Jashore
Publish- January 03, 2021, 12:18 AM
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Police early Saturday arrested a local official of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives (LGRD) office as he allegedly tried to rape an 8-year-old child on the roof of Abhaynagar LGRD office on December 30.
The arrestee was identified as Jahidul Islam, Office assistant (MLSS) of Abhaynagar LGRD office.
Victim’s mother filed a case with Abhaynagar Police Station over the matter on Friday, said Officer-in-Charge of Abhaynagar Police Station Tajul Islam.
According to the case statement, Jahidul took the child at the roof of his office on December 30 luring her to provide sweets.
The government has recently amended the law as it relates to punishment for rape with death penalty as the highest punishment. In fact, raping a child is one of the manifestations of the crime warranting the highest punishment, it was stipulated.
The much-talked-about 'Women and Children Repression Prevention (Amendment) Bill, 2020' was passed in Parliament on November 17.
Countrywide protests against sexual violence prompted the government to make the much-needed change.
At least 1,005 incidents of child rape were recorded last year, a 76.01 percent increase compared to the year before, Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum (BSAF) said in its yearly report ‘State of Child Rights in Bangladesh’.
On average, about 84 children became victims of rape in every month of 2019.
BSAF said the number of incidents was higher compared to previous years. Of the victims, 133 were aged between one and six years. Most of the rapes were reported in Dhaka district.