Two girls aged between 10 and 11 years were allegedly raped in the capital’s Jatrabari on Saturday (15th April) night by four youths, one of whom was arrested early yesterday (16th April).
Dr Bilkis Begum, coordinator of One-Stop Crisis Centre of Dhaka Medical College Hospital, told that one victim, a class-V student, was brought in bleeding from the nether regions.
Bruises on the other, the former’s schoolmate studying in class IV, indicate she too had been violated, she said, adding that forensic tests would be conducted today for a confirmation.
The arrestee, Yasin, was held in front of his residence in Mir Hazirbagh, said Jatrabari Police Station Officer-in-Charge Anisur Rahman.
Two rape cases have been filed against him and the other accused, Rifat, Rabbi and Zahid, who are all aged around 18 years, he added.
The girls, friends and also neighbours in Dayaganj, were returning home from the residence of one of their grandmothers in the adjoining neighbourhood of Mir Hazirbagh in the afternoon, said the father of one victim.
They happened to meet Yasin, with whom they were acquainted with along with one of the other youths, he said.
Yasin started up a conversation and tricked them into entering an under-construction building in Mir Hazirbagh around 10:30pm, he said.
Yasin and one of the youths carried out the assault while the other two assisted them, said the parent. The attackers fled when the victims managed to scream out and attract locals’ attention, he added.
Police rescued the victims on being informed by the locals.