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SEXUAL ASSAULT ON WEIGHTLIFTER

Female coach for girls recommended

Wahid Ullah Bakul | Published: 00:00, Feb 11,2019

 
 

The probe body, set up by the National Sports Council to investigate the rape allegation of a teenage weightlifter, recommended the sports federations to employ female coach and officials for female athletes in home and abroad.
The committee submitted its report in late January with five-point recommendations, which asked the federations to ensure the security of female players while suggesting them to reveal the fixture of tournament and name of supervisor before any competition.
‘When a federation organises a tournament, organisers have to provide the fixture of the tournament and the name of the officers, under whose supervision they will run the tournament, to National Sports Council,’ said one recommendation.
‘All players, who will take part in any game, must go through verification before they will be given an opportunity to participate in the game,’ added another recommendation.
The recommendation came after the teenage weightlifter reportedly lost her mental balance after being allegedly violated by weightlifting federation employee Sohag Ali in a room of NSC tower on September 13.
Sohag, who is facing a rape charge in a case filed with the Paltan police station in November, has remained on the run while NSC committee did not find the involvement of any other individual in the incident.
A separate committee formed by Bangladesh Weightlifting Federation was yet to submit their report.
‘There were two sides of the story. We mainly focused on whether our staff [Abdul Malek] was involved or not in the incident. We did not get his involvement. We did not investigate the other details as a case has been filed in this regard,’ said committee chief Billal Hossain, also the NSC Director (admin), on Sunday.
Billal said beside their staff Abdul Malek, the probe body also talked to the victim and her mother, her maternal uncle, doctor, Ansar team weightlifter Unnoti Das and weightlifting federation coach Shariar Sultana Suchi during their investigation, said Billal.
Meanwhile, Amena Khatun, the investigation officer of the case, confirmed that the victim gave her statement before a magistrate earlier in January under Section 164(5A) of CrPC.
‘I took her [the victim] before the magistrate to record her statement. She was all right at that time and gave the same statement as mentioned in the disposition,’ said Amena.
‘We are very near to submit the charge sheet and close to arrest accused Sohag,’ she said.
On November 29, the mother of the sexually assaulted weightlifter filed a rape case - making BWLF office staff Sohag Ali the lone accused- with the Paltan police station in Dhaka under the women and children repression prevention act more than a two-and-a-half month after the incident.

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