Wednesday, March 31, 2010

FACT FINDING REPORT:A HINDU MINORITY COMMUNITY ADOLESCENT GIRL ABDUCTED AND GANG RAPED BY A GROUP OF MUSLIM JUBO DAL CADRE


Type of Violation                : Women and Children Repression
Type of Act                          : Abduction and gang rape
Investigation conducted by: Adv. Shahanur Islam Saikot, Executive Director, BIHR, Md. Rafiquel Islam Hawlader, Fact-Finding Officer, BIHR and Md. Firoz Hossain, Social Worker, BIHR
Date of investigation         : March 26 to 30,  2010

Identity of the victim:
Name                                                 :Anju Rani Das (16), C/o: Amullo Chandra Das
Age at time of event:            :16 years
Under 18                               :Yes
Citizenship                            :Bangladeshi
Religion                                 :Hinindu        Cast:               Kayesto (Das)
Home address                     :Vill: Kuakata, P/s: Kolapara, Dist: Patuakhali; at present: Village: Dharandi, P/s and District: Patuakhali
Consent:                                : Consent of the victim has been taken to proceed with
 the case
           
Date and place of Incident:
Date                                        :March 19, 2010 around at 7.00pm to 9.00 pm
Location:                               i. On the road of Lohalia on the western side of the house of master Chan Miah in Balia village.
ii.West Kaina (East side of the pond of Ibrahim Choukider closely attached on sesame field of Joynal Choukider).

Alleged perpetrator(s):
1.Forkan Howlader (25)
C/o: Kazol Hawlader
Vill: Banajora
2. Mohammad Masum @ commander Masud (28)
C/O; Nuru Mridha
Vill: Banajora
3. Hanif Howlader ( 38)
C/o: Late: Dhalu Hawlader
ill: Sabupura
4.Jamal Khan (35)
C/o: Late-lal Khan
Vill: Rajnagar
5. Bashir Mollah (30)
C/o: Majid Mollah
Vill: Rajnagar
6. Mohammad Liton (25)
C/o : Moslem Poddar
Vill : Balia
7. Abdul Mannan (30)
C/o: Late- Abdur rashid Hawlader
Vill: Dhauravanga
8. Md. Abul Kalam (32)
C/o: abdul Kader hawlader
Vill: West Kaina
All of Police Station: Bauphal, District: Patuakhali with unknow two to three persons

Case Summary
Anju Rani Das (16) an adolescent poor girl abducted and gang raped by a gang of muslim lechers who are also involed with the political cadre of  Jubo Dal ( youth wing of BNP), local Uninion Unit on 19th of March 2010 around at 7.00pm to 9.00pm at West Kaina Village in Boga Union Parishad under jurisdiction of the Bauphal Police station of Patuakhali district while she was returning to her home of village Dharandi in Kamlapur union under the police station and district of Patuakhali with one of her cousins, Sapon Kumar Das, after visiting the house of her brother Shamol Chandra Das’s father in law at the village of Rajnagar in Baufal Poilice station under Patuakhali district by a rented motor bike in Boga, driven by one of the alleged rapists Boshir Mollah. On the way to their home, around at 7.00 pm, they reched the road of Lohalia, on the western side of the house of master Chan Miah in Balia village under Bauphal Police station, they were forcefully taken hostage, being threatened with a sharp weapon through prior communication with renter of the motor bike by four Muslim Jobodal Caderes  Hanif, Forkan, Masum, Jamal. Then, they beat her cousin, Sapon, brutally and Sapon then fled the scene. Later, they abducted her with a Tom-Tom ( One kind of three whiler) and took her to West Kaina (East side of the pond of Ibrahim Choukider closely attached on sesame field of Joynal Choukider). Then, they brutally raped her along with five to six other accomplices. They tightened her mouth with cloth and beat her brutally while she tried to shout. They also threatened to kill her if she informed others regarding the crime committed against her. Later, they looted all of her belongings including six hundred taka and one mobile set. Finally they escaped from the place keeping her along.

Initially the local people came to know about this incident of abduction and gang-rape and informed the police after chasing two of the accused. Later, the victim lodged a first information report (FIR) at Bauphol police station being Bauphal P.S. case No. 20 /74 dated 20.03.2010 under section 9(3)[1], 30[2] of Women and Children Repression Preventive (Special) Act 2000 ( Amendment on 2003) and 341[3], 379[4] of Penal Code against the 10 perpetrators. Then, on March 21, 2010 she was admitted at Patuakhali General Hospital around at 10.30 am for her examination and treatment. After completing her examination she apeared at the court and the lerned judge of Women and Children Represssion Preventive Special Tribunal of Patuakhali sent her to the safe custody under section 31[5] of Nari O Shishu Nirjatan Daman Ain, 2000 ( The Prevention of Repression against Women and Children Act, 2000)
 on the same day untill April 10, 2010.

In the meantime the two accused, named Hanif Hawlader and Bashir Mollah, have been under arrest since March 19, 2010 by the police and they were forwared to the Magistrtare Court demanding their three days remand on March 21, 2010 and the learned Magistater please issue an order to put them in jail custody with permission to intergorate them for one day at the jail gate. The case is under invetigation.

Legal status
The victim lodged a first information report (FIR) at Bauphal police station being Bauphal P.S. case No. 20 /74 dated 20.03.2010 under section 9(3), 30 of Women and Children Repression Preventive (Special) Act 2000 ( Amendment on 2003) and 341/379 of Penal Code against those perpetrators. Two accuseds named Hanif Hawlader and Bashir Mollah have been arrested on March 19, 2010 by the police and the case is currently under invetigation.

Action:
BIHR Conducted fact finding investigation and talk to the relevant persons and concerned authority to take immediate action to bring the perpetrators before the book. It met with Md. Riaz Hossain, DC; Shaibal Kanti Chowdhury, SP; Md. Omar Faruk, Jailer; Shil Moni Chakma, OC of Bauphal police station and investigation officer of the case, RMO of Patuakhali General Hospital and  MO who is conduced medical examination on the Victim and perused them to bring the culprit before the book as soon as possible. BIHR issued Urgent appeal on 31 March, 2010 (Ref: UA/BIHR/Patuakhali/06/03/2010) to Prime Minister; Secretary (Political), Ministry of Home Affairs, Minister, Ministry of Home Affairs, State Minister, Ministry of Home Affairs; Inspector General of Police(IGP), Chief Justice, Attorney General, Chairman, National Human Rights Commission; Deputy Inspector general of Police (DIG), Barishal Range; Superintend of Police (SP), Patuakhali, Deputy Commissioner (DC), Patuakhali, District and Session Judge, Patuakhali, Supereintent of jail (Jailer), Patuakhali; Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO), Bauphal Upazila, Patuakhali, Officer in Charge (OC), Bauphal Police Station, Patuakhali . No written response has been received by them.    

BIHR Findings:

  • The authorities are forcing the victim to live with female prisoners at the local jail, in the name of ‘safe custody.’
  • The accused and local influential persons are trying threaten and coerce the victims family into withdrawing the case
  • The police are not providing adequate protection and support for the victim and her family.
  • The police are not taking proper initiatives to arrest and prosecute the accused.
  • The police are trying to slander the victim’s character so that the case is more likely to be dropped
  • The police and the local influential persons are trying to protect some of the accused from being brought before the book through refusing to file charges against some of the accused.
  • The police and the local influential political persons are trying to implicate with the case some of the innocent people.
  • Most of the perpetrators are involved with the cadre politics of Jubo Dal, They are also dangerous terrorist, always involved with Murder, rape, rubbery etc. During the period of BNP Jamat Government ( 2001-2007) they run stream roller against the minority people of the local area by looting valuable movable properties, grabbing immovable properties, occurring murder, rape and abduction of the minority women’s and girls.

Recommendations:

  • to submit the charge sheet proving the incident of abduction and gang rape as true, as soon as possible after completing an impartial investigation.
  • to ensure exemplary punishment of the perpetrators who were directly and indirectly involved in this violation of human rights;
  • to provide adequate financial compensation to the victim’s family as well as guarantee the physical and psychological integrity with full rehabilitation;
  • to ensure the physical security of both the victim and her family members;
  • to ensure the adaquate facilties to the victim at safe custody and keep her separate from the prisoners.
  • to ensure the respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms throughout the country in accordance with national laws and international human rights standards both of general people and government authority;
  • to provide human rights education and training to both the general people and the government authorities in accordance with national laws and international human rights standards

Thank You



Adv. Shahanur Islam Saikot
LL.B (Hon’s); LL.M( law & Justice)
JusticeMakers Fellow 10, Sitzerland

Secretary General/Executive Director
Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights (BIHR)
Cell: +88 017 20308080,


[1] If more than one person jointly rape any woman or child and for comitting rape cause death or get hurt/injured of that woman or child then every person of gang shall be punished with deth or rigorous imprisonment not less tan Tk. 1 lac.

[2] If any person abets by instigating or abetting another person to commit an offence punishable under his act and in consequence of abetent that offence is committed or is attempt to commit, the person so abetting shall be punished with the same punishment as is provided for the offence abetted.

[3] Whoever wrongful restrains any person, shall be punished with simple imprisonment for a term, which may extend to one month, or with fine, which may extend to five hundred taka or with both.

[4] Whoever commits theft shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term, which may extend to three years, or with fine, or with both.
[5] If the Tribunal (The Prevention of Repression against Women and Children Tribunal) that, during the trial proceeding, it is necessary to keep any woman or child in the safe custody, then the Tribunal may direct to keep that woman or child in the custody of the Government authority outside the jail in the place for that purpose prescribed by the Government or under the custody of any other person or organization considered proper by the tribunal.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

BRCT & BIHR celebrates the International Women’s Day in Dhaka






Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) and Bangladesh Rehabilitation Centre for trauma Victims (BRCT), supported by Global Human Rights Defence (GHRD), Netherlands celebrates the International Women’s Day 2010 in Dhaka. As the part of the celebration of this day it has organized a Human Chain followed by the Rally, Workshop on Health and Human Rights for Adibashi (indigenous) student and street drama “ Hanan”on the theme of equal rights; equal opportunity: progress for all to raise even more awareness about rights and opportunity for the women and to show support to those women who are breaking ground in the roles that women have in Bangladeshi society. The Human Chain and Rally took place in front of the National Press Club around at 9.00 am, the organization and more than two hundred people of different ethnic, religious, race, profession, sex, institution, age who are  its supporters assembled on one of the busiest streets in Dhaka. By doing this much attention was given to the cause and our banner was seen by more than fifty thousands of people passing by. In addition to this many photographers and other electronic and print media journalists were exposed to our cause since it was right outside of the national press club. In addition to the journalists of electronic media taking pictures and asking questions to group members, the police also took notice to our presence and had made sure that we had all the proper permissions and approvals to hold such a human chain & rally. After the group got big enough we marched down the street and blocked traffic on several roads to raise even more awareness about our cause and bring the message to the people of the Dhaka. during the Human Chain Ms. Mahfuza akram Chowdhury, Executive director of BRCT delivered her speech mentioning March 8th, 2010 is International Women’s Rights Day, sanctioned by the UN in order to raise awareness about the struggles of women around the world. In Bangladesh in particular women are just starting to exercise their rights to the fullest extent. It is becoming more common to see women in the workplace and most importantly women are seeking positions, which, have been seen traditionally as being male professions. adv. Shahanur Islam, Executive Director of BIHR also delever his speech stating that women are making in Bangladeshi society, and while this progress may seem lackluster to the western world, in Bangladesh having a female pilot or a female driver shatters the norm of this relatively conservative society. In this way women are becoming a valuable part of the labor force and are transcending their traditional roles in society.



Upon returning to the BIHR headquarters snacks were provided and a workshop was held around at 11.00 am to 1.00 pm. The workshop was mediated by Dustin Skelley, Student of Public health of Winnona University, Minosota in USA and the intern of  interns of BIHR /BRCT and the a presentation on Human Rights and Health was given by Adv. Shahanur Islam Saikot, Executive Director of BIHR. Those who participated in the human chain & rally attended the workshop. The workshop covered several different topics but focused on the rights of women and children, the workshop was well received and very interactive. Several of the participants created group working and discussions by asking questions, by making their own comments and by sharing their own personal experiences. After the workshop lunch was given to the participants.

           

Following lunch around 2.30 to 4.00pm another session was held on BIHR fact-finding of the case of rape and abduction of minority girl in Bangladesh by Adv. Shahanur Islam Saikot, Executive director of BIHR, and an explanation of the fact-finding process and goals was given. Later a national network has been build up with the minority community people.  The participants found this very interesting and were glad to receive some additional educational materials that were published by BIHR and its partner organizations BRCT. After the session the participants were thanked for their interest as was the staff at BIHR and BRCT for organizing such an event, and the staff at GHRD for helping fund the human chain, rally and workshop.



In the evening a street drama was held by NattoBeth at Raju Memorial Monument beside the Teacher and Student Centre (TSC) of University of Dhaka around at 5.15 pm to 6.00pm.; the event started off with a small crowd. Halfway through the drama more than five hundred people from different ethnic, religious, race, profession, sex, institution, age  had gathered to watch the skill of the actors. There was a troupe of about 10 actors who had given a drama about the difficulties that women face in Bangladeshi society. The drama highlighted the discrimination that women face in their home lives, in the workplace, and from various religious leaders as well as the various barriers they face in educational institutions. The drama ended up being a huge success, and it was a very effective way to communicate the pressures that women face in society and entertain people at the same time.



Overall the program implemented by BRCT was a huge success, media was present, and most importantly the people were present. By having events like this we continue to raise awareness about the rights of people and challenge the norms of society to make it a more fair and just place for all.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

URGENT ACTION: Take prompt action against allege polices who are involve with the issue FATOWA regarding to mandatory wearing BORKA


MONTHLY HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT: By GHRD(Feb 2010)




Global Human Rights Defence (GHRD)
Monthly Human Rights Report
Bangladesh, February 2010

 
The 8th of March 2010, marks the occasion of the International Women’s Day (IWD), which is celebrated worldwide. It was launched by the UN in 1913 as a means of promoting and protecting the equal rights of women globally. Incidents of violence against minority women, such as rape and abduction, were reported during February, in Bangladesh. In most of these cases the perpetrators were in a more powerful position than the victims as they were members of law enforcement agencies or political parties. Highly corrupt legal institutions is one of the main causes for the lack of a proper protection system for Bangladeshi citizens and women’s marginalised situation in Bangladesh, due to religious traditions, social injustice, thus making them more vulnerable. The widespread impunity in cases regarding violence against women encourages these continuous violations. There is still a high level of sexual harassment in Bangladesh, which is detailed in Odhikar’s month report. For example, there was an incident reported about a Dalit woman who was raped by a policeman.

Other incidents reported during February, include attacks against minorities. There was a massive attack in Chittagong Hill Tracts against Jumma villagers, by Bengali settlers and the military. Another attack against a Hindu community also occurred on 2nd February in the town of Bholar Sadar. Other reports included the government’s decision to cancel Odhikar’s project for the second time and an incident where a journalist was tortured by a few policemen.


GHRD’s Partners in South Asia Celebrate International Women’s Day
GHRD in collaboration with its partners in South Asia, have organised numerous events and activities to be celebrated on 8th March (International Women’s Day), and to strengthen the rights of women in Asia. A full report will be published within the next two weeks.

Bangladesh Minority Watch (BDMW)
BDMW will organise a human chain and a rally especially for women and children belonging to minority groups in Bangladesh. After the event a discussion meeting will be held.

Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights (BIHR), Bangladesh Rehabilitation Centre for Trauma Victims (BRCT), and Naogaon Human Rights Development Association (NHRDA)BIHR, BRCT and NHRDA will celebrate IWD in Dhaka by organising a human chain followed by rallies in the morning. Cap & Gengi bearing messages of the day will be distributed among the participants. In the afternoon a street drama will be held under the main theme of the day, namely “Equal Rights, Equal Opportunity” for both women and men.

Parittran
Parittran, who works on Dalit rights, will organise an event to raise awareness of violence against Dalit women in the southwest region of Bangladesh. This will be part of Parittran’s 15 day mass awareness campaign program.

Breaking News!
Massive attacks against Jumma villagers perpetrated by Bengali settlers and military forces
Chittagong Hill Tracts, 19th - 23rd February


Brutal attacks against Jumma villagers by the military forces and Bengali settlers were carried out in Baghaihat area in Rangamati, Bangladesh on 19-20 February 2010. It is reported that at least five Jumma villagers were killed and many were wounded in the attack. Around 200-300 Jumma houses including a Buddhist temple and a church were burnt to ashes. On the 20th the army imposed section 144 which prohibits assemblies of five or more persons to hold public meetings, and the carrying of firearms. Supposedly this was done to prevent Jumma villagers to arrange demonstrations. There were also reports that despite section 144 Bengali settlers were still carrying weapons and sticks. However, several protest meetings were held condemning the attacks on the 19-20 February. These protest resulted in another attack perpetrated by Bengali settlers, with the help of military forces, against Jumma people in Khagrachari town, on 23rd February. Reportedly, around 40 Jummas houses were burnt down and at least 7 people were injured. The government imposed a curfew in Khagrachari town which supposedly calmed the situation. The Home Minister said on the 23rd that the government would consider if needed to deploy more army in CHT. On the 28th February the Bangladeshi army changed its Khagrachari unit brigade commander and the Rangamati district's Baghaihat army zone's commanding officer due to the recent violence. The same day section 144 was also withdrawn by the authorities. Accrodingly, most Jumma villagers felt relived with the withdrawal of the section, but they still feel harassed by the Bengali settlers. So far, some 390 families have been listed as affected and they each received Tk 1,000 and 20 kilograms of rice as relief from the government. But as many of them lost their homes in the fires it will take a long time for them to get back to their normal lives.
Parbatya Chattagram Jana Samhati Samiti (PCJSS), 21st, 22nd, 24th February, 2010 
European Union, 26th February 2010  
Jumma Peoples Network UK, 20th February, 2010
The Daily Star, 1st of March, 2010
The New Chief Justice of Bangladesh officially supports GHRD’s project for International Women’s Day



 



‘It is the responsibility of the State to safeguard the rights of every citizen, irrespective of caste, creed, religion, man and women in all sphere of national lives". (Mr. Justice Md. Fazlul Karim, Chief Justice of Bangladesh)

The Bangladesh Today, 11th February 2010

Fact Finding and Legal Assistance

Legal assistance provided to father of abducted Hindu girl

A 16 year old Hindu girl was kidnapped in December 2009, but police have failed to recover her or to arrest any of the alleged perpetrators. However, in January 2010, two of the alleged perpetrators surrendered themselves before the High Court, but were released on bail at the beginning of February. A few days later they demanded that the victim’s father pay them four million Taka, as a compensation for their legal costs for the case. He was also robbed of some gold ornaments and money. After this incident the father went to the police to file a complaint but they refused to help him. Instead, he contacted one of GHRD’s lawyers who advised him to file a complaint to the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate. As a result the case was recorded against the perpetrators. However, the police have arrested only one of the perpetrators thus far, and the girl has still not been recovered. GHRD continues to pursue this case.


Abduction of an 18 year old Hindu girl
17th January 2010, Tejgaon-Dhaka


An 18 year old Hindu girl was reportedly abducted on 17th January while she was on her way to college. On 19th January, the girl called her sister-in-law crying for help and said that she had been abducted and was detained in a room at an unknown location. On the same day the girl’s father received a call from an unidentified person who informed him that his daughter was under the custody of one of the perpetrators. He was also warned not to file any complaints. The father however, filed a complaint at the Tejagon Police Station which was recorded. On 10th February one of the perpetrators surrendered before the High Court with the girl. The perpetrator was arrested and the girl was taken to give her statements. However, on 11th February the perpetrator was granted bail by the Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate. The girl was handed over to her father. According to the victim and her family she was abducted with the intent of forced conversion to Islam. GHRD are still monitoring this case and have taken international urgent action, including submitting an urgent appeal to regional NGOs and its local partners, as well as to the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women.

A 15 year old indigenous girl gang raped by Bengali leaders
26th February 2010, Sunamgong District


A 15 year old girl was abducted outside her home by five local Bengali leaders at Bandra Village. The girl was taken to a nearby river where she was repeatedly raped until she became unconscious. She was found later that evening. On the 27th February the girl’s family tried to lodge a complaint against the perpetrators at Moddhonagar Police Station, but the officer in charge refused to file it. However, they later managed to file a complaint with the help of a Hazong community leader. A case was then registered against the five perpetrators.
Until today, none of the perpetrators have been arrested and the girl and her family are now being threatened to withdraw the case by a local influential Bengali community leader. The local officer in charge told the Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) that there was no incident regarding the rape of a Hazong girl since no case had been filed under his jurisdiction. He also refused to give anymore information regarding the incident. GHRD has submitted an urgent appeal regarding this case.

Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights (BIHR), 1st March 2010

Local Observers and Partners
GHRD Dhaka conducts fact finding investigations and provides legal assistance to minority victims of human rights violations in Bangladesh. In addition GHRD Dhaka, collaborates with Parittran (Dalit Rights), Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights, Bangladesh Rehabilitation Centre for Trauma Victims and Bangladesh Minority Watch.
GHRD Dhaka, Observer Advocate Rabindra Ghosh 3/2 Purana Paltan – Purana Paltan P.S, Dhaka-1000 Phone nr : + 0711172468

Bangladesh Minority Watch (BDMW) 12, K.M. Das Lane- Tikatully- Bholagiri Trust- Sutrapur PS, Dhaka.Telephone: 0088-01711172468, bdmw.org.

 

Monday, March 1, 2010

URGENT APPEAL:Bangladesh: A 15-year old indigenous girl gang-raped

Date: 1-3-2010,

The Hague, The Netherlands

URGENT APPEAL: Bangladesh: A 15-year old indigenous girl gang-raped [UA-BA-01.03.2010]
                                                                                     
ISSUES:  Rights of minorities, personal integrity, abduction; gang-rape


Dear Friends,

Global Human Rights Defence (GHRD) is very concerned regarding the news we received from the Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) about the gang-rape of an indigenous 15-year old girl.
The girl was abducted outside of her home, on the 26th of February, by five local Bengali leaders at Bandra village in Moddhonagar police station under Sunamgong district, according to their investigation. The girl was taken to a nearby river where she was repeatedly raped until she became unconscious. When she was found later that evening she was still unconscious. On the 27th February the girl’s family tried to lodge a complaint against the perpetrators at Moddhonagar Police station, but the officer in charge refused to file it. However, later with the help of a community leader, they managed to file a complaint and a case was registered against the five perpetrators, on the 27th February. Until this date none of the perpetrators have been arrested and the girl and her family are now being threatened to withdraw the case by a local influential Bengali community leader. When BIHR spoke to the local Officer in Charge he said that there was no incident regarding the rape of a Hazong girl since no case had been filed under his jurisdiction. He also refused to give any additional information regarding the incident.
GHRD is deeply concerned about the continuous and widespread violence against women and children, in particular minority and indigenous women, that prevails in Bangladesh. We have also observed with concern that there is a high level of impunity for these crimes in the country.

Suggested Action

GHRD strongly urges the Bangladeshi authorities to follow-up in the investigation of this case and to bring the perpetrators to justice. The victim must receive the necessary legal assistance and adequate compensation for the damages caused.
 
In order to help, please print the following sample letter and send it to the relevant authorities found below.



Sample letter:

Dear ___________,


Bangladesh: A 15-year old indigenous girl gang-raped

I am deeply concerned with the news received from Global Human Rights Defence (GHRD) and Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) regarding the gang-rape of an indigenous 15-year old girl.

I am told that the girl was abducted outside of her home, on the 26th of February, by five local Bengali leaders at Bandra village in Moddhonagar police station under Sunamgong district, according to their investigation. The girl was taken to a nearby river where she was repeatedly raped until she became unconscious. When she was found later that evening she was still unconscious.
According to information received by GHRD from local organizations, on the 27th February the girl’s family tried to lodge a complaint against the perpetrators at Moddhonagar Police station, but the officer in charge refused to file it. However, later with the help of a community leader, they managed to file a complaint and a case was registered against the five perpetrators, on the 27th February. Until this date none of the perpetrators have been arrested and the girl and her family are now being threatened to withdraw the case by a local influential Bengali community leader.   
I was also informed that when BIHR -GHRD's partner organization in Bangladesh- spoke to the local Officer in Charge he said that there was no incident regarding the rape of a Hazong girl since no case had been filed under his jurisdiction. He also refused to give any additional information regarding the incident.
I strongly urge the local police authorities to follow-up on the investigation of this case and to bring the perpetrators to justice. The victim must receive necessary legal assistance and adequate compensation for the damages caused.

I trust that you will take immediate action on this serious matter.

Yours sincerely,

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In order to help, please write to the authorities listed below: 


1. Mrs. Sheikh Hasina
Prime Minister
Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh
Office of the Prime Minister
Tejgaon, Dhaka
BANGLADESH
Fax: +880 2 811 3244 / 3243 / 1015 / 1490
Tel: +880 2 882 816 079 / 988 8677
E-mail: pm@pmo.gov.bd or ps1topm@pmo.gov.bd or psecy@pmo.gov.bd

2. Mr. Justice Md.Tafazzal Islam
Chief Justice
Supreme Court of Bangladesh
Supreme Court Building
Ramna, Dhaka-1000
BANGLADESH
Fax: +880 2 956 5058
Tel: +880 2 956 2792

3. Barrister Shafique Ahmed
Minister
Ministry of Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs
Bangladesh Secretariat
Dhaka-1000
BANGLADESH
Tel: +880 2 7160627
Fax: +880 2 7168557

4. Ms. Sahara Khatun MP
Minister
Ministry of Home Affairs
Bangladesh Secretariat
Dhaka-1000
BANGLADESH
Tel: +880 2 7169069
Fax: +880 2 7160405, 880 2 7164788

5. Mr. Mahbubey Alam
Attorney General of Bangladesh
Office of the Attorney General
Supreme Court Annex Building
Ramna, Dhaka-1000
BANGLADESH
Fax: +880 2 956 1568
Tel: +880 2 956 2868

6. Mr. Nur Mohammad
Inspector General of Police (IGP)
Bangladesh Police
Police Headquarters'
Fulbaria, Dhaka-1000
BANGLADESH
Fax: +880 2 956 3362 / 956 3363
Tel: +880 2 956 2054 / 717 6451 / 717 6677
E-mail: ig@police.gov.bd

Please send us a copy of any action that has been taken distributing our message, and a copy of any responses received.

Thank you.

This message has been sent by GHRD* to local authorities and International Organisations in order to spread the message, increase awareness, and encourage action be taken to bring perpetrators of human rights violations to justice.


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GANG RAPE:A Fifteen year old indigenous girl from the Hazong community was gang raped: Victim & her family members are being intimidated to withdraw the case.


A fifteen year old indigenous girl from the Hazong community has been gang raped by a gang of local Bengali lechers at Bandra village in Moddhonagar police station under Sunamgong district. On 26 February 2010 around 6.30 pm, Angoli Hajong, daughter of Shailon Hazong was abducted while washing her face at the tube well in front of her house. Her family at the time was engaged in their daily chores outside of the house. She was taken to the baank of nearby Moheskhali River tighten her mouth by towel (Gamsa) and repeatedly raped mercilessly. The alleged perpetrators are Al Amin, Shimul, Nirob, Mojnu and Alamgir.  The perpetrators left her there when she became unconscious.


By night time, her family began to search for her when she remained absent. By 8 pm that evening, she was found unconscious by the side of the Moheskhali River. On 27 February 2010 family members of the victim tried to lodge a complaint against the perpetrators at Moddhonagar Police station but the officer in charge refused to file it. Later, with the help of the Hazong community leader, a case has been filed against the five perpetrators by Mr. Nayeb Hajong who is the uncle of the victim. The case number is 7/9-1/30 dated 27.02.2010 under Nari O Shishu Nirjaton Doman Bishesh Ain. Moreover the medical examination has been completed by the RMO of Sunamgong district yet no perpetrators have been arrested. Furthermore the victim’s family is being intimidated to withdraw the case by a local influential Bengali community leader.

BIHR has taken the initiative to talk to the officer in charge of Moddhonagar Police station on 28 February 2010 around at 7:14 pm. and the OC said that there is no incident regarding the rape of a Hazong girl since no case had been filed under his jurisdiction. He refused to give out anymore information regarding this incident.


Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights (BIHR), Bangladesh Rehabilitation Center for Trauma Victims (BRCT) and Bangladesh Hasong Development Association is deeply concerned and demand that the perpetrators be brought to justice as well as give the exemplary punishment by arresting them immediately. It also demands that the victim and her family be given adequate financial, physiological and psychological support ASAP