National Human Rights Commission and three other human rights and political organisations on Sunday called for an immediate investigation of the alleged rape of two Tripura girls by members of Border Guard Bangladesh at Lama in Bandarban.
In separate statements the organisations demanded that the accused should be arrested and tried, and the victims were compensated.
Parbatya Chattagram Mahila Samiti and Hill Women’s Federation in a joint statement said they were concerned about the safety of the victims as security forces restricted their movement to the confinement of hospital.
They said detectives and cops had been guarding the Bandarban hospital since victims were taken there for medical examination on Friday.
They alleged that law enforcers were not allowing anybody, not even the victim’s family members and relatives, to enter the hospital to see the victims.
The NHRC demanded that the perpetrators should be punished through a fair probe.
It also called on the security forces to ensure that ethnic minority women could live a safe life.
Ain o Salish Kendra in its statement said it was a matter of great concern that hill children and adolescent women were becoming the targets of sexual predators, with the victims often pointing fingers at security force member as their attackers.
ASK demanded that the allegations be probed immediately and the perpetrators be brought to justice.
According to the statement of the case the Tripura girls filed with police, two BGB men raped them as another one stood guard at Fasiakhali in Lama on August 22 night.
In July the rape and brutal murder of a school-going Tripura girl at Dighinala in Khagrachhari outraged the nation.
The PCMS and HWF in their statement said that at least nine similar incidents took place during June in Bandarban, Khagrachari and Rangamati.
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