Bangladesh cops forced gang-rape sur­vivor to marry sus­pect: Fam­ily

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Dhaka: Two Bangladesh­i po­lice­men have been dis­ci­plined after a rape sur­vivor’s fam­ily said she was forced to marry one of the ac­cused rapists in a po­lice sta­tion, of­fi­cials said on Tues­day. The mother-of-three had ac­cused five men of con­fin­ing her to a room and sex­u­ally as­sault­ing her mul­ti­ple times be­tween Au­gust 29 and Au­gust 31 in Pabna. Her brother told the na­tional Daily Star news­pa­per this week that of­fi­cers at the po­lice sta­tion forced her to sign doc­u­ments di­vorc­ing her hus­band and mar­ry­ing the main sus­pect. The mar­riage al­legedly took place when she first tried to file the com­plaint last week. Po­lice of­fi­cials on Thurs­day said the mar­riage ap­peared to be part of an ef­fort to pre­vent the suspects from be­ing pros­e­cuted.

“We have sus­pended sub-in­spec­tor Ekra­mul Haq for help­ing the mar­riage be­tween the vic­tim and one of her sus­pected rapists,” deputy po­lice chief of Pabna, Mo­ham­mad ibne Mizan, said. “We have also with­drawn the officer-in-charge of Pabna Sadar po­lice sta­tion from his duty after he al­lowed the mar­riage to take place in the premises.” One of the ac­cused is a low-level of­fi­cial of the rul­ing Awami League, the Daily Star said.

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