21-year-old woman raped in Sylhet
Dhaka, July 3: Despite the government introducing death penalty for rapes in 2020, sexual crimes against women continue to take place in Bangladesh.
According to reports, a 21-year-old woman was allegedly raped while she was visiting her maternal home in Sylhet city.
The alleged incident took place on Thursday night.
The accused has been identified as Aminur Rahman Amir by the victim, who told police that he forced himself on her after tying her mouth with a scarf.
The victim stated she was alone when the alleged crime took place, as her parents had gone out for dinner with her three-year-old child.
An FIR for rape has been lodged with the Airport police station based on the complaint, deputy commissioner of Sylhet Metropolitan Police (SMP) Ashrafullah Taher said.
According to a recently released report by the police headquarters, 26,695 rape cases have been filed across Bangladesh in the past five years.
Data from the Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK) showed 1,018 children were raped in 2020, however, only 683 police cases had been filed. It also showed that 116 of the victims were aged below six years.
As per the data, In 2020, 1,627 rape cases were reported, 53 among those victims were killed by the accused while 14 ended their own life.