JL leader accused of rape at gunpoint in Noakhali

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:05, Oct 22,2020


A leader of Juba League, youth front of ruling Awami League, on Wednesday allegedly raped a housewife at gunpoint at Chatkhil upazila in Noakhali.

The police arrested Mujibul Rahman Sharif, president of the expired committee of the Noakhola unit Juba League, after the victim filed a rape case against him with the Chatkhil police station.

The victim, wife of an expatriate, in her case statement said that she was sleeping along with her children when Sharif entered her house at around 5:00  am, New Age correspondent in Noakhali reported 

He raped her at gunpoint in front of her two kids, she said.

Sharif also recorded the incident and threatened to kill her if she disclosed the matter.

The Juba League leader’s associates were guarding outside the house during the rape.

The victim was sent to Noakhali General Hospital for medical examinations, said Chatkhil police officer-in-charge Md Anowarul Islam, adding that they were trying to arrest Sharif’s associates.

Sharif, 30, has been accused in at least eight cases of extortion, mugging, rape and tender anomalies, said the police.

After the arrest of Sharif, Chatkhil upazila Juba League convenor Mohammad Ullah Patwari and joint convenor Sazzad Hossain in a statement claimed that Sharif was recently expelled from the post of president of union Juba League.

Lawmaker for Noakhali-1 HM Ibrahim demanded punishment of the people involved in the rape.

The incident took place amid the countrywide protests against rape and violence against women.

The protests intensified in recent days after a video of sexual harassment and torture of a woman by a group of people at Begumganj in Noakhali went viral on social media on October 4, nine days after a newly-wed woman was gang-raped by Bangladesh Chhatra League activists at MC College in Sylhet on September 25.

At least two more rape and sexual assault cases surfaced on Tuesday.

A teenage boy was arrested on Tuesday for raping a minor girl in Satkhira Sadar. 

The arrested 12 year-old boy is a student of a madrassah at Fingri union. 

Satkhira Sadar police officer-in-charge Asaduzzaman said that the boy called the girl to a nearby house on Tuesday morning and raped her.

Local people caught him hearing the girl screaming.

A rape case was filed against the boy.

In Feni, a middle-aged man was arrested for rape attempt on a housewife in his neighbourhood at Sonagazi upazila.

The police arrested the accused Dulal Hosssain on Tuesday night, said Sonagazi police officer-in-charge OC Sajedul Islam.

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