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URGENT APPEAL:Seeking justice through the proper investigation of the incident of abduction and rape by the Jubo League cadre.

UA No. BIHR/Rangpur/02/06/2010                                                                     June 30, 2010


Mrs. Sheikh Hasina
Prime Minister
Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh
Office of the Prime Minister
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Subject: Seeking justice through the proper investigation of the incident of abduction and rape by the Jubo League cadre.

Dear Sir,
Greetings from the Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights (BIHR)

The Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights (BIHR), established on the realization of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) has been dedicated to protect and promote human rights in Bangladesh from its inauguration.

Bulet Miah, son of Sarder Abdul Hakim of the village Nizpara under the police station Kaunia in Rangpur district who is also cadre of the Jubo League youth wing of the Bangladesh Awami League, Kaunia Police Station Unit abducted the victim Nushrat Jahan Meghla (minor) from the southern side of the Tista Bridge on May 19th, 2010 around 3:00pm and repeatedly raped her in difference places of Kurigram and Rangpur fraudulently introducing them as a legal couple. Meanwhile, the victim was admitted to Upazial Helath Complex, Kaunia on May 22nd, 2010 when the victim became seriously sick due to the atrocity committed against her. Later she was again repeatedly raped throughout the whole night by Bulet Miah in the house of Mr. Abdul Aziz, son of Taher uddin of the village Shibudoitari at Boraihat post office under the Kaunia police sation in the Rangpur district on May 28th, 2010 when she was released from the hospital after cure. On May 29th, 2010 around 7:00pm the perpetrator took the victim to the house of Mr. Nazrul Islam of the village Haldibari Rail Gate under Kaunia police station in Rangpur district and assuerd her that he would marry her before more people. Then the perpetartor escaped, leaving the victim on his way to the home of Mr. Jomsher Ali, of the village Khopatiunder kaunia police station in Rangpur district around 9:00pm that same day. On May 31st, 2010 the victim filed the case with the Kuanina Police Station No. 27, dated the 31st of May, 2010 under section 7/9(1) of the Prevention of Women and Children Repression Act 2000 (Amendment on 2003). Later, she was examined by the department of Forensic Medicine of the Rangpur Medical College and produced to the court. The court issued an order to keep the victim in safe custody after taking her statement. However, the concerned authority put the victim in the Rangpur jail in the name of same custody on June 1st, 2010.

This incident of human rights violations has been looked in to through a fact finding investigation conducted by a four member team from BIHR, headed by Adv. Shahanur Islam Saikot, Executive Director BIHR; Sree Rabindra Prosad Gupto, GHRD, Golam Mostofa, TFT Coordinator, Ranpur and Dipak Kumar Pal, TFT Coordinator, Gaibandha from June 23rd to June 26th, 2010. After completion of the investigation the findings of the fact finding team is as follows:

1. The authorities forced the victim to live at the local jail with female prisoners, in the name of “safe custody”.

2. The concerned police administration is inactive to arrest the perpetrators as well as to submit a charge sheet promptly through impartial investigation due to the influence by local political leaders. .

3. The Medical exterminator of the department of forensic medicine of Rangpur medical college did not conduct a medical examination properly.

4. The parents of the accused and local influential persons are trying to threaten and coerce the victim’s family into withdrawing the case.

5.The victim was not provided proper psychological treatment as well as counseling during the time that she was kept in the local jail in the name of “safe custody.”

BIHR thinks that all of the above mentioned findings are violations of human rights and should have prompt action taken though proper investigation.

Therefore, the Bangladesh institute of Human Rights (BIHR) is expecting your prompt initiative on this incident to protect and promote human rights, as protecting the fundamental rights as well as the human rights of individuals is a constitutional responsibility.

It will be highly appreciated if you send a copy of taken initiatives to the office of BIHR.

Yours Sincerely,  

Adv. Shahanur Islam Saikot
LL.B (Hon’s); LL.M (Law & Justice)
JusticeMakers Fellow 2010, Switzerland

Secretary General/ Executive Director
Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights (BIHR)
Cell: 01720308080, Ph: 02 9349851, Fax: 028352166
Email: saikotbihr@gmail.com,www.bihr-bihr.blogspot.com
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