Rape, murder of indigenous girl sparks protest
Alleged criminal arrested
Longudu police yesterday arrested the alleged rapist and killer of indigenous girl Sujata Chakma from his house at Uttar Yarengchhari in Atharakchhara union under Longudu upazila of the district.
The arrested is Md Ibrahim, 30, (a converted Muslim, earlier name Kanchan Chandra Biswas), son of Santosh Kumar Biswas of Uttar Yarengchhari village in Atharakchhara union.
Santosh hails from Bolondi in Jessore district.
Sujata Chakma, 11, daughter of late Jyotish Chandra Chakma of Ultachhari village in Atharakchhara union under Longudu upazila, was forcibly taken to a nearby jungle when she along with her youngest brother Triratan Chakma went to graze their cattle at about 2:30pm on Wednesday, said police.
"The alleged criminal, Ibrahim raped her and then hacked her with a machete on the chest and back, leaving her dead on the spot, said Reazul Haque, officer in-charge (OC) of Longudu police station, quoting locals and the victim's family members.
"Situational evidences tell that arrested Ibrahim is the real culprit although he has not confessed it to us during primary interrogation. We are yet to receive the doctors' report in this regard," he said.
As the victim's brother Triratan Chakma hurriedly came back and told the incident to his family members, they started searching and found Sujata's body in a pool of blood in the jungle. Informed, police recovered the body on the night.
The body was handed over to her family members after autopsy at Rangamati General Hospital yesterday.
The victim's elder brother Biton Chakma, also a member of ward No 8 of Atharakchhara union parishad, filed a murder case with Longudu police station in this connection and Longudu police yesterday arrested the alleged killer.
"Ibrahim, also accused of raping another indigenous teenage girl on June 15 last year, was arrested by police after the incident and the court sent him to jail. He came out from jail last month after a higher court granted him bail," Longudu OC Reazul Haque added.
Monkya Ching, resident medical officer of Rangamati Sadar Hospital, said, "We will provide the medical report by next four days. I can't tell you anything now as a three-member medical board will decide about it."
Demanding exemplary punishment to the culprit, Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity yesterday brought out a procession in the town and held a rally at New Court Building. They sent a memorandum to the home minister through the deputy commissioner of Rangamati in this regard.
Our Khagrachhari Correspondent adds: At a protest rally held at Changee Square area of Khagrachhari district town yesterday, leaders of Hill Women's Federation demanded exemplary punishment to the rapist and killer of Sujata Chakma.
Rape and other kinds of sexual abuse against indigenous girls have continued in Chittagong Hill Tracts region as criminals often go unpunished, they said.
Our Staff Correspondent ads: Ayesha Khanom, president of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad, has expressed her grave concern at rape and murder of adivasi schoolgirl Sujata, said a press release.
Demanding proper action against the criminal, she called upon all to form nationwide social movement against such brutalities on women and children.