Tuesday, April 27, 2010

FACT FINDING REPORTA Hindu Community Young School Girl has been Escaped with Her Muslim Community Boy Friend to Get Marry


Investigation conducted by       : Adv. Shahanur Islam, Executive Director, BIHR; Adv. Jayonto Kumar, member, District Bar Association, Dinajpur & Tahera Islam, 1st year,  DinajPur Medical College, Dinajpur, volunteer of BIHR.
Date of investigation                     : April 22 to 25, 2010

IDENTITY OF THE VICTIM:
Name                                                 : Ms. Arpana Rani
Age at time of event                      : 17 years 1 month 23 days (according to the registration of School Certificate Examination (SSC)
Under 18                                           : YES
Citizenship                                       : Bangladeshi
Religion                                            : Hindu
Home address                               :Vill: Moupukur, P.S. Birampur, District: Dinajpur, Bangladesh

DATE AND PLACE OF THE INCIDENT:
Date                                                   : 14th March, 2010
Location                                          : Not identified

ALLEGED PERPETRATORS:
1) Md. Sekendar Ali (20) son of Md. Ramzan Ali @ Montu of Devipur,
2) Mohammad Selim Mondal (24) son of late Mozahar Ali of Devipur (Doulapara),
 3) Sree Kartik Chandra Sarkar (20) son of Sree Girindra Nath Sarkar@Babu of Moupukur,
4) Mohammad Ariful Islam (19) son of Md. Akbar Ali. (According to FIR but during the time of investigation the victim’s family members did not identify the name of the allege perpetrators except Md. Sekender Ali)

CASE SUMMERY:
Ms. Arpona Rani (17), a student of Debipur High School and also examinee of Secondary School Certificate (SSC) went to appear her SSC examination on March 14, 2010 around at 8.30 am to at Birampur Government High School centreand escaped with her beloved Md. Sekender Ali son of Md. Ramzan Ali @ Montu of Devipur along with her some other companion. On the way of the home Around at 2.00 pm Ms.Bidhu Bala, wife of late Karun Chandra Sarkar of Moupukuar, one of the aunt of the victim saw Ms Arpona Rani gossiping with Mr. Sekender Ali and other three young boys at Chandipur Moupukur Area. As soon as she reached at the house of the victim’s father, she informed them. Later Mr. Sachindra Nath Mondal along with his son Uttom Kumar , Niranjan Chandra Mondal, and his neighbour Kartik Chandra Mondal and Hitendra Nath Mondal of Moupukuar  in Birampur police station search the victim girl but fail to trace out.

Then Mr. Sachindra Nath Mondal, father of the victim with he help of local Union Parishad and Upazila Charman approached Md. Ramzan Ali, father of Mr. Sekender Ali and Md. Ramzan Ali assured him of the victim for rescue. But finally they failed to rescue the victim girl.

Thereafter, Mr. Sachindra Nath Mondal, father of the victim lodged a first information report (FIR) with Birampur Police station on 20 March 2010 that Birampur P.S. case No. 10 dated under section 7/30 of The Prevention of Women and Children Repression Act, 2000. Police recorded the case and arrested one alleged perpetrators Mohammad Selim Mondal (24) son of late Mozahar Ali of Devipur (Doulapara) on 21 April 2010. But they could not trace out the victim girl till 26th of April, 2010

BACKGROUND
Ms. Arpona Rani and Md. Sekender Ali read at same educational institution. Md. Sekender Ali was one class senior than Ms. Arpona Rani and also shemaintained a good relationship with the sister of Mr. Sekender. As a result of studing at the Debipur high School as well as good relation with both families, they are fall in love to each other. Finally, they escaped to get marry on the day of incident.

LEGAL STATUS:
Mr. Sachindra Nath Mondal, father and also legal guardian of the victim lodged first information report (FIR) at Birampur police station on 20th March,10 praying for recovery of her daughter against five perpetrators that No. Birampur P.S. case No. 10 dated 20.03.2010 under section 7[1]/30[2] of The Prevention of Women and Children Repression Act, 2000. Police recorded the case and arrested one alleged perpetrators Mohammad Selim Mondal (24) son of late Mozahar Ali of Devipur (Doulapara) on 21 April 2010. But they could not trace out the victim girl till 26th of April, 2010

ACTION:
BIHR fact finding team investigated the case from April 22 to 25, 2010. during the tie of investigation, BIHR’s team visited the spot, talked with the father, mother, brothers, aunts and other neighbors of the victims, talked with Investigation office (IO) of the case, Officer in Charge (O.C) of Birampur Police station, visited the office of Assistant Superintend of police Circle (ASP Circle), Fulbari Circle; Superintendent of Police (SP), Dinajpur and talked with them. The entire concerned police official assured BIHR team to trace out the victim as soon as possible (maximum seven days).

Thank You



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

Secretary General/Executive Director
Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights (BIHR)
Cell: +88 017 2030308080


[1] If any person abducts any woman or child other than the purpose mentioned in section 5, he shall be punished with imprisonment for life or not less than 14 years and shall also be liable to fine.

[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.

Monday, April 12, 2010

URGENT ACTION:Brutal gang rape of a 16 year old Hindu girl by at least 8 Muslim men


REFERENCE: BIHR/UA/Patuakhali/01/04/10                             Date:12.04.10

To
Justice (Rtd) Amirul Kabir Chowdhury
Chairman
Bangladesh National Human Rights Commission
House # 6/3, Block # D, Lalmatia, Dhaka
BANGLADESH, Fax: 088-02-9137743

Greetings from Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) 

I am deeply concerned with the news I received from Global Human Rights Defence (GHRD), who, together with Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) have investigated the brutal gang rape of a 16 year old Hindu girl by at least 8 Muslim men on 19th of March. I have learned that several of the perpetrators are involved with the political cadre of Jubo Dal (youth wing of BNP), local Union Unit. It is particularly disturbing that the victim girl is forced to reside with female prisoners at the local jail, in the name of ‘safe custody.’    

Case Details
I am told that the incident occurred on the 19th of March in the Patuakhali District when the girl and her cousin were on their way home on a rented motor bike driven by one of the suspected rapists.  At around 7 pm, they reached the road of Lohalia, under the Bauphal Police station. Here, four identified and armed members of the Muslim Jubo Dal Cadres in collaboration with the motorbike driver forced the girl and her cousin off the road and brutally beat the cousin who fled the scene as a result. According to the report of GHRD, the girl was abducted on a vehicle and taken to a nearby field of Joynal Choukider where she was brutally raped by at least eight men. During the rape, her mouth was covered with a cloth and she was beaten when she tried to scream for help. The perpetrators also threatened to kill her if she told anyone about the incident. The girl was also robbed of money and other belongings.

I was also informed  that on the 20th of March the girl filed a complaint at the Bauphol police against the 10 perpetrators and she was admitted to the Patuakhali General Hospital for examination and treatment on the 21st of March. After completing her examination she appeared at the court where the judge of Women and Children Repression Preventive Special Tribunal of Patuakhali sent her to ‘safe custody’ until the 10th of April.  However, BIHR investigative team visited the spot on the 26 March, and found that the victim girl is actually forced to reside with female prisoners at the local jail, in the name of ‘safe custody.’

GHRD furthermore reports that in the meantime, two of the accused have been arrested. They were forwarded to the Magistrate Court demanding three days remand on March 21, 2010. The Magistrate issued an order to put them in jail custody with permission to interrogation for one day at the jail gate. The case is now under investigation.

Additional Remarks
 BIHR also found that most of the perpetrators are involved with the cadre politics of Jubo Dal, the youth wing of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).  During the period of BNP Jamat Government ( 2001-2007) they were widely involved in persecution and violence against minorities, including looting, destruction of properties, land grabbing, murder, rape and abduction of minority women and girls . Furthermore, the accused are threatening the family to withdraw the case, and the police are not providing adequate protection and support for the victim and her family.  Rather, the police are trying to protect some of the accused through refusing to file charges against some of the accused.

Suggested Action
I am shocked by the barbarity of this gang rape, and together with GHRD and the BIHR, I strongly urge 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. Specifically, I urge upon the authorities: 

  • 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 brutal gang rape; 
  • 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 adequate facilities 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 public and the government authorities in accordance with national laws and international human rights standards

I trust that immediate action shall be taken and we look forward to your favorably response in this regard.


Kind Regards


Shahanur Islam Saikot
LL.B (Hon's); LL.M (Law & Justice); PhD Fellow
Advocate

Executive Director
Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights (BIHR)
Flat # B-17, 27, Bijoy Nagar, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh
Email: saikotbihr@gmail.com, bihr@bangla.net
Cell: + 88 017 20308080, Ph: +88 02 9349851
Fax: + 88 028352166, www.bihr-bihr.blogspot.com

URGENT ACTION:5 year old girl who was brutally raped on the 12th of March in a small village in the Narail

REFERENCE: BIHR/UA/Norail/02/04/10                              Date:12.04.10

To
Justice (Rtd) Amirul Kabir Chowdhury
Chairman
Bangladesh National Human Rights Commission
House # 6/3, Block # D, Lalmatia, Dhaka
BANGLADESH
Fax: 088-02-9137743
Email:nhrc.bd@gmail.com

Greetings from Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights (BIHR)

I am deeply concerned about the news received by Global Human Rights Defence( GHRD) about a 5 year old girl who was brutally raped on the 12th of March in a small village in the Narail District at 1.30 a.m.

According to the information I have  received,  the girl was abducted, raped and nearly strangled to death by a 27- year old Muslim man, known from before to have harassed women and children in the locality.  The child was going outside to visit the toilet, when she was abducted and taken to a nearby paddy field where the identified perpetrator brutally raped her. The child’s mouth was covered with a
cloth during the rape hindering her to scream for help.  The perpetrator also tried to kill her after the rape by strangulation, but he was interrupted when the parents of the girl, together with some locals, approached the spot causing him to flee the scene.  The girl was found bleeding in the field with severe injuries as a result of the rape. The child was admitted to the Khulna Medical College Hospital (OCC) were she was treated from the 14th until the 25th of March. The medical certificate prescribed by the co-coordinator of the OCC confirmed that the girl was sexually assaulted.

GHRD has contacted the local police, visited the village and obtained statements from the girl and witnesses. The father filed a complaint at the 13th of March at the Noldi police station, however the police only made a general diary of the case. When GHRD urged them to undertake proper actions, a case was filed on the 15th of March charging the suspect for rape. The man was arrested on the 13th of March and is now in jail custody. The lawyer of the perpetrator filed an application asking for bail, which was denied on the 4th of April.  The case is classified as a rape under section 9(1) of Women and Children Repression Act, 2003.

I am shocked and appalled about this brutal rape against a 5 year old child.  It is particularly disturbing that this is not an isolated event, but despite legislations such as the Women and Children Repression Act, 2003, aimed at protecting children, a high percentage of rape victims in Bangladesh remain children.  Due to social practices, stigma, corruption and denied access to justice, in many of these cases the perpetrators are not brought to justice and the victim is denied essential compensation and rehabilitation.  Families and victims are often threatened by the perpetrators and their allies to withdraw their complaints. Therefore, I encourage the local authorities to continue with the legal process and investigations in this case, and to ensure compensation and rehabilitation is meted to
the girl child.

Specifically, I urge upon the local authorities:

1.      to ensure the exemplary punishment of the perpetrator responsible for this brutal rape

2.      to ensure that the victim receives the necessary legal assistance and medical rehabilitation as required for a full recovery.

3.      to provide adequate financial compensation to the victim’s family as well as guarantee the physical and psychological integrity with full rehabilitation to the family as a whole throughout the legal process.


I trust that immediate action shall be taken and we look forward to your favorably response in this regard.

Thank you.


Yours Sincerely.


Shahanur Islam

--
Shahanur Islam Saikot
LL.B (Hon's); LL.M (Law & Justice)
Advocate

Executive Director
Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights (BIHR)
Flat # B-17, 27, Bijoy Nagar, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh
Email: saikotbihr@gmail.com, bihr@bangla.net
Cell: + 88 017 20308080, Ph: +88 02 9349851, Fax: + 88 028352166
www.bihr-bihr.blogspot.com, www.brct.org

Saturday, April 3, 2010

News: Work together to combat violence against women

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=129297

Men, women urged on Int'l Women's Day

 
Samajik Protirod Committee, a platform of 61 organisations, takes out a procession from the Central Shaheed Minar in the city yesterday to mark International Women's Day . Photo: STAR
Rights activists celebrated 100 years of International Women's Day yesterday with a call for men and women to work together to put an end to all forms of violence against women.

Different organisations marked the day with various colourful programmes, including rally, seminar, discussion, human chain and cultural programme.

The theme of the day was 'Equal rights, equal opportunities: Progress for all.'

Samajik Protirod Committee, a platform of 61 organisations, held a rally at the Central Shaheed Minar.
"Women are struggling to establish their rights. They are facing severe difficulties in achieving their goal. We hope they will succeed in their efforts," said State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury at the rally.

Bangladesh Mahila Parishad President Ayesha Khanam called on both men and women to work together to fight violence against women.

Executive Director of Manusher Jonno Foundation Shaheen Anam moderated the rally attended by former adviser to the caretaker government Sultana Kamal, President of parliamentary standing committee on Women and Children Affairs Ministry Meher Afroj Chumki, and women's rights activists Shirin Akhter, Rekha chowdhury and Aroma Dutt.

They placed a 25-point demand, including establishing women's rights and empowering them.

Local Government Engineering division organised a daylong seminar on 'Gender Institutionalisation in LGED' where LGRD and Cooperatives minister Syed Ashraful Islam was present as the chief guest.

Campaign for Good Governance formed a human chain in front of the National Museum. The participants called for full implementation of the CEDAW and amendment to all discriminatory laws.

Teachers and students of women and gender studies department of Dhaka University (DU) took out a colourful procession on the campus. Vice Chancellor Prof AAMS Siddique led the procession.

On the premises of DU's fine art faculty, hundreds of students of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College and Udayan High School took a vow not to tolerate violence against women. 

As part of their two-day programme, Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies (BILS) yesterday organised a photography exhibition, blood donation programme and also formed a human chain at the National Press Club.

The National Girl Child Advocacy Forum awarded three women for their significant contribution to their respective fields. 

The awardees are Rowshan Ara Bachchu, a language movement veteran and academician, Ferdousi Majumder, a cultural activist and Munni Saha, a journalist.

It also organised a discussion and cultural programme at the Shishu Academy. 

Hill Women's Federation, Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights (BIHR), Bangladesh Rehabilitation Centre for Trauma Victims, Bangladesh National Council of Textile Garments and Leather Workers, Build Better Bangladesh, Bangladesh Nari Mukti Sangsad, Bangladesh Labour Welfare Foundation, Mukto Shishu O Nari Sramik Forum also organised different programmes.

Bangladesh National Women Lawyers' Association (BNWLA), Sammilita Nari Samaj, Bangladesh Apparels Workers Federation, Nari Unnayan Shakti (NUS), National Garments Workers Federation, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD), The Samajtantrik Nari Forum, Agriculture University in Mymensingh, Department of Government and Politics of Jahangirnagar University also marked the day with different programmes.
Our Feni correspondent adds: The district office of the Women Affairs Directorate in association with different NGOs held a debate competition, rally, fair, discussion and cultural programme.

Abbas to sue Babar, four others

Staff Correspondent 

Abu Abbas Bhuiyan, the mass education secretary of the Bangladesh Chhatra League’s central committee, will file a case today against five persons including Lutfozzamman Babar, former state minister for home affairs.

   The case will be filed with the court of the chief metropolitan magistrate of Dhaka.

   Abbas was arrested on charge of being involved in the attack on the late Humayun Azad on February 27 in 2004, and was later severely tortured in custody.

   Despite the brutal torture, Abbas survived because of improved medical treatment, but his family had to deprive themselves and suffer a lot to get enough money for the special treatment.
   Abbas, a student of political science at Dhaka University, is about to sue Lutfozzaman Babar, the then officer-in-charge of Ramna thana Mahbubur Rahman and three other persons after the Jamaatul Mujahideen members’ confession of attacking Azad.

   The Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights is assisting Abbas to file the cases under Sections 323, 324, 325, 326, 507, 397, 500, 109 and 34 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. 

http://www.newagebd.com/2008/mar/05/met.html 

NEWS: Garment workers' death condoled

Staff Reporter

Different organisations yesterday expressed shock at the death of 21 garment workers in a fire at a sweater factory in Bhogra of Gazipur on Thursday.

Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) expressed a deep grief for the incident and took decision to give Tk 2 lakh for each family of the deceased. The organisation will also give free medical treatment to injured workers.The BGMEA has taken decision to provide employment in garments factories for the family members of the 21 dead workers. It has declared 3-day mourning programmes.

Leaders of National Garments Workers Federation yesterday at a protest rally at Muktangan demanded compensation of Tk 5 lakh for each of the deceased workers family. Terming the incident as 'killing of workers', they demand arrest the owner of the factory.

Amirul Haque Amin presided over the programme which was addressed, among others, by Safia Parvin, Faruk Khan and Sultana Akter.

Shirin Akter, president of Bangladesh Jatiya Srimak Jote and its general secretary Md Nur Khan, Umme Hasan Jhalmal, president and Mahbuba Akter Lipi, general secretary of Bangladesh Jatiya Nari Sramik Jote, Rokeya Sultana Anju, presidentand SM Masud Rana, general secretary of Bangladesh Jatiya Garments Sramik Jote in a joint statement yesterday expressed a deep shock at the death of garments workers at Gazipur.


They demanded exemplary punishment of the owners of the garments who did not pay heed to secure its workers.

Expressing grief at the incident, Matiur Rahman Nizami yesterday in a statement demanded compensation for the family of the victims.

He wished, the owners of garments factories would take steps to enlarge its gate so that the workers could easily move.

Syed Mohammad Rezaul Karim, peer of Charmonai and ameer of Islami Andolon Bangladesh also expressed deep shock at the incident.

Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) and Bangladesh Society for The Enforcement of Human Rights (BSEHR) in separate statements expressed shock and demanded compensation for the victims' family. 


http://www.ittefaq.com/issues/2010/02/27/all0792.htm

HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT by Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) (March 2010)

http://www.amadershomoy.com/content/2010/04/03/news0256.htm




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Thursday, April 1, 2010

HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT: Bangladesh: Monthly Human Rights Report (March 2010)


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Bangladesh: Monthly Human Rights Report (March 2010)


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

 

Bangladesh made history this month when becoming the first South Asian country to ratify the ICC Rome Statute (International Criminal Court) on the 23rd of March. GHRD welcomes this important step towards promoting international justice. However, during the Bangladesh Supreme Court Bar Election held on the 24th and 25th of March none of the four minority candidates, one of them being GHRD’s local observer Mr. Rabindra Ghosh, was selected. There were three panels from different political affiliations including Awami League and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).
Several incidents of religious attacks that occurred during the month bore witness to the rising tension between the different religious groups in Bangladesh.

GHRD’s Partners in South Asia Celebrated International Women’s Day

Find a full report on International Women’s Day in Bangladesh on our website

Breaking News!


Bangladesh Ratifies the Rome Statute of the ICC

The Bangladesh government ratified the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court on the 23rd of March. Bangladesh is the first country in the South Asian region to join the ICC and thus makes an important step in the path to end impunity of international crime. Many civil organisations in Bangladesh had been promoting the ICC and lobbying for the ratification for over 10 years. Now, Bangladesh is the 111th state to ratify the ICC, the world's only independent, permanent court with the jurisdiction to try genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.
The ratification can be seen as an important signal indicating that the Bangladesh Government is serious about ending impunity and guaranteeing human rights. Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission stated: “The European Union has long supported the ratification by Bangladesh of the Rome Statute and I am convinced that Bangladesh will make a highly valuable contribution to the Court's work”.

The Coalition for the ICC, 24th of March 2010
Expatica, 24th of March 2010
Odhikar, 22nd of March 2010
The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, 26th of March 2010
 

Fact Finding and Legal Assistance

16 year old Hindu girl gang raped by at least 8 Muslim men
19th of March, Patuakhali district


A 16 year old Hindu girl was raped by at least 8 Muslim men when she and her brother were on their way to a relative. The girl and her brother were stopped by the perpetrators who assaulted the victim’s brother and looted their belongings. The girl was taken away about 10 to15 kilometres from the Boufol police station where she was gang raped. The girl filed a complaint at the Boufol Police Station on the 20th of March and two of the accused have been arrested so far. GHRD has been in contact with the local police. The Officer in Charge of the Boufol police station communicated that the girl had been given medical treatment and that they are doing everything they can to bring the remaining accused to justice.

The Daily Amader Somoy, 21st of March 2010
Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights (BIHR), 22nd of March 2010
 


 

Recent incidents of religiously motivated attacks against Hindus


GHRD notes with concern that religiously motivated violence and intolerance against Hindus continues in Bangladesh. GHRD is currently investigating three incidents of recent attacks against Hindu temples occurring during the last two weeks. On the 9th of March a group of unidentified perpetrators set fire to a hundred year old Hindu temple and statues of deities were destroyed in the district of Sylhet. It is suspected that local Muslim landgrabbers set fire to the temple to create panic and encourage members of the Hindu community to leave the area.
The second incident occurred on the 21st of March in a Hindu village at Dhanua, of the Chandpur district. It is reported that the love affair between a Hindu boy and a Muslim girl living in the same locality led furious Muslim inhabitants of that locality to attack the Hindu village. A temple was destroyed and religious images and belongings were also looted. Some of the Hindus also had their houses destroyed and ten people were assaulted. A complaint was filed on the 23rd of March but so far only two perpetrators have been arrested. The Officer in Charge of the Faridganj Police Station claimed that the temple was not destroyed but only some religious deities.
The third incident took place at Kaliazuri Upazila Sadar of Netrakona district and was reported in the Daily Jugantor on the 24th of March. A member of the ruling party Awami League and his brother forcefully occupied the lands were the Hindu Kali temple was located and started constructing multi-storeyed buildings there. The local police informed GHRD that they are going to take necessary action in order to bring the perpetrators to justice.

The Daily Jugantor, 24th of March 2010
The Daily Samakal, 22nd of March 2010
The Daily Sabuj Sylhet, 10th of March 2010
 

Information on university gang rape is suppressed by teachers
6th of March, Dhaka


On the 6th of March a girl was gang raped on the premises of the Jangir Nagar University, were both the girl and the perpetrators are students. It was around 9 p.m. on the 6th of March when the girl was walked home by a student when he and his friends gang raped her. After the incident the girl was taken to the hospital. The girl had lost a lot of blood and the operation took about four hours. It is reported that teachers of the perpetrators are trying to protect them by telling journalists not to report the incident and by suppressing important information in this case. Also the Chairman of the department to which the perpetrators belong said that so far he had not received any allegations against the perpetrators. If he does the Academic Council will take action. Supposedly the girl is being denied shelter in her own village. Her stepbrother refuses to file complaint with the Academic Council against the perpetrators.

Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights (BIHR), 17th of March 2010
 
16 year old abducted Hindu girl recovered with the help of GHRD Dhaka
28th of February, Joypurhat.


A 16 year old Hindu girl was abducted on the 28th of February by four perpetrators. Later that day the father of the girl lodge a complaint at the local police station. GHRD, who was informed about the abduction the same day of the incident, spoke to the local police and requested them to take action. This resulted in the arrest of three of the perpetrators and the recovery of the girl. According to the girl she was abducted with the intent of forced conversion to Islam. GHRD will continue to monitor the case.


Leaders belonging to Awami League forcefully occupied the house of a Hindu family
26th of February, Perojpur District


An Awami League leader together with around 40 to 50 perpetrators forcefully occupied the land of a Hindu man in the Motabair Municipality. A temple was also set on fire. The Hindu man filed a complaint at the Motbaria Police Station on the 27th of March but no action was taken to prevent the landgrabbers or to protect the man. He also filed another complaint, also on the 27th, concerning the continuous threats he received from the landgrabbers but yet again nothing was done. The Awami League leader claimed at a press conference that he did not occupy the land, but bought it on the 27th of January.
The police informed GHRD that a case had been registered against the accused. The Awami League leader also contacted GHRD to claim his innocence saying he obtained the land legally. However, he was unable to produce any documents stating this claim.

Urgent Appeals

Police inaction leaving a Hindu man killed [UA-BA-12.03.2010]
 

A hundred year old Hindu temple set on fire and valuables looted in Sylhet District [UA-BA-22.03.2010]
 

NGO and Media Reports

Five year old Hindu girl raped by a 15 year old Muslim boy 

Bangladesh PM urged for restoration of peace in CHT
 

Worldwide protest against the recent attacks in CHT
 

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.

 
 
 
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