Imam Kidnapped 14-year-old Girl, Rapes Her Repeatedly

An imam from Comilla’s Chandina upazila has been detained on suspicion of kidnapping a 14-year-old female madrasa student and rapping her many times for two days.

The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) from Sadar Dakkhin upazila arrested Abul Bashar Muhammad, 50, the imam of Noyabari mosque in Chandina’s Teerchar late Monday.

Bashar raped the girl between July 22 and 23, according to RAB 11 CPC Company Commander Maj Md Sakib Hossain, while he was incarcerated at his residence.

After the daughter became ill as a result of the repeated violations, Bashar abandoned her and fled with her brother on July 24. Since then, he’s been on the run.

Bashar, who used to teach Arabic to the child as a private tutor, was later charged with rape by the girl’s father at Chandina police station.

RAB launched an investigation as soon as it was made aware of the case. During a special raid late Monday night, Bashar was apprehended by the elite police team.

Maj Sakib also said that Bashar admitted to raping the girl after tricking her and imprisoning her at his home during preliminary questioning.

Despite the government’s introduction of the death sentence for rape in November of last year, sexual assaults on women continue to occur on a daily basis in Bangladesh.

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