Bangladesh cops forced gang-rape survivor to marry suspect: Family
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 “We have also withdrawn the officer-in-charge of Pabna Sadar police station from his duty after he allowed the marriage to take place in the premises.”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.