Dhaka – The students of Bangladesh’s leading Dhaka University burst into protest on Monday after a female student was allegedly tortured and draped by an unknown person in a northern neighbourhood of the city.
The protesters asked the government to bring the culprit to book in 48 hours.
The second-year student of the university was allegedly raped in Dhaka’s Kurmitola area on Sunday night when the girl was travelling alone to her friend’s home in the area, police said.
A man believed to have followed the student after she got down from a university bus, and at one stage she was grabbed from behind by the man who dragged her into an isolated place, said police officer Bachhu Mia.
The girl was allegedly beaten up by the man before she was raped. She managed to reach her friend’s home in the night after she got back to sense nearly two hours after the incident, the officer said.
Her friends rushed her to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where she is reportedly stabled. But the hospital director AKM Nasir Uddin told reporters the girl suffered trauma.
A nine-member medical board has been assigned to supervise the victim, he said.
Activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League, the student wing of the ruling Bangladesh Awami League, brought out a procession immediately after the news spread on Sunday night to protest the incident.
They continued the protest on the following morning.
On Monday morning, activists of other organizations brought out processions holding banners and placards. They paraded streets inside the campus chanting slogans against the rapists and the government.
“We want an end to such incidents once for all,” said one of the protesters. The culprits must be hanged so that none else dare to do the same in the future.
A group of students blocked the Shahbagh intersection to protest the incident.
University Vice Chancellor Akhteruzzaman, who goes by a single name, visited the victim and her family members at the hospital. He said the university authorities have taken necessary steps.
The father of the victim filed a case with Cantonment police station without mentioning name of any accused. The police could not trace the culprit.