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6 Hindu women, girl allegedly gangraped in Bagerhat

6 Hindu women, girl allegedly gangraped in Bagerhat

Author: Staff Correspondent, Khulna
Publication: The Daily Star Internet Edition
Date: December 1, 2001
URL: http://www.dailystarnews.com/200112/01/n1120101.htm#BODY7

At least five women and a girl belonging to the Hindu community were gangraped by an armed gang at Gopalpur village under Kachua upazila in Bagerhat district on November 16, some of the victims and their family members alleged while talking to this correspondent on Thursday.

They said they did not disclose the incident so long as the miscreants threatened to kill them if they did so or complain to police.

The miscreants forcibly entered five houses at about midnight, gangraped the women and an eleven-year-old girl and also took away gold ornaments, they alleged.

But no male nor female member of any of these five families could identify the armed miscreants.

Even a pregnant women was not spared, they claimed. "I had to pay Tk 6,000 for freeing my pregnant wife from being kidnapped by the miscreants," said the husband of one of the alleged victims.

The miscreants also asked them to leave their homes for good, they alleged.

Kachua thana police refuted the allegation as none of the victims lodged any complaint.

"Yet, I shall definitely investigate the matter," said the OC of the thana.

Meanwhile, Shubol Chandra Das, Head Master of Satgambuj Union BSC Secondary School under Sadar upazilla of Bagerhat district, said at a press conference on Tuesday that the minority community was being used as a political tool by vested groups to destroy the communal harmony.

Terming newspaper reports as "concocted," Shubol Chandra claimed that there has been no incident of rape of Hindu women or any sort of persecution in any village under Sadar upazila. He claimed that there was no rape incident in Srighat and Sadullapur villages.

He further claimed that no fish farm was looted in Sadar upazila as was alleged by some vested quarters.

No Hindu family so far left for India fearing attack, Shubol Chandra told the press conference, held at Bagerhat Press Club.

Many distinguished members of the minority community from four villages in Sadar upazila were present at the press conference.

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