Police on Monday arrested a young man for allegedly raping a sixth grader at Fatullah in Narayanganj.
The arrestee was identified as Farhad, 21, son of one Al Amin Mia.
Officer-in-Charge of Fatullah Police Station Rokibuzzaman said Farhad was a tenant at the victim’s house and had made advances to the underage schoolgirl.
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He took the girl to his house on April 16 and raped her. The victim’s mother rescued her the next day and filed a case at Fatullah Police Station, the OC said.
The girl was sent to Narayanganj General Hospital for a medical test, he said.
Rape culture in Bangladesh
Rape incidents continue to take place even after the government amended the law, making death penalty the highest punishment for the crime.
Last month, a police headquarters report said 26,695 rape cases had been filed across the country in the last five years.
Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK) data show that 1,018 children were raped last year, but only 683 police cases were filed. Also, 116 victims were 6 years old or below.
Overall, 1,627 rape cases were reported last year and 53 of the victims were killed by the perpetrators while 14 took their own lives, the data showed.
The actual number is believed to be higher as most victims don’t report incidents of sexual assault fearing for their safety and social stigmatisation.
Following days of protests against sexual violence against women across Bangladesh, the government introduced death penalty for rape in October last year. In November, the Parliament passed the necessary amendment.