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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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