Dhaka Metropolitan Police has launched investigation into a reported sexual assault on a college girl at Bangla Motor on Wednesday by a group of youths attending a rally organised by the ruling Awami League.
The family of the girl filed a case with Ramna police station Thursday evening for the sexual assault, said Ramna police station officer-in-charge Mainul Islam.
Police officials started the investigation few hours after the girl made statement on social media accusing 15-20 youth of sexual assault.
She wrote ‘Some 15-20 youth cordoned off me.’ In college uniform, she was harassed while few of them were filming her. ‘The button of my college dress went off. Scarf was displaced. They slapped me. They touched my body,’ she added.
‘I do not want to stay in the country of the pigs. I do not want to stay in the country where girls are being molested with the slogan Joy Bangla. I do not want to stay. Do not want to stay,’ she lamented.
The girl was returning from her college.
A police officer rescued the girl, studying in a reputed college in Dhaka and also known for her fiction writings.
Home minister Asaduzzman Khan said on Thursday that action would be taken against the perpetrators looking into video footage.
‘Last night, the police recorded her statement at her home. We will take action scrutinising video footage,’ said the minister on the sidelines of a discussion on promoting adult nutrition at CIRDAP auditorium.
Metropolitan police Ramna division deputy commissioner Sardar Maruf Hossain, however, told New Age in the afternoon that they did not have any footage so far, and neither general diary nor any case was filed. ‘But,’ he said ‘we are investigating into the allegation.’
Metropolitan police cyber security unit additional deputy commissioner Najmul Hossain said that their team had spoken to the girl and both mental and legal assistance were being provided to her.
The girl’s post went viral on Facebook on Wednesday while a number of girls also shared their bitter experience of sexual harassment during the hours of the AL rally at Suhrawardy Udyan.
After the post went viral, the girl wrote on her Facebook wall stating that a police officer rescued her in the middle of the trouble on the road, where she was filmed, and got her into a bus.
In the night, the girl on her wall wrote again that she deleted her previous post as it was being used for political purpose.
She later wrote she was in good health now but she did not post the incident for any political purpose.
Deputy press secretary to the prime minister Ashraful Alam Khokan stated that a number of ‘unwanted incidents’ or ‘stories’ were being heard to create some controversies on the Historic March 7 celebration.
‘Not sure how truth or false [those incidents] are…CCTV cameras were installed around the mentioned place…’ he added.
Awami League general secretary Obaidul Qader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said that the government would take no liability for any ‘incident’ taken place on the road especially outside of the rally.
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