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Bangladesh: Rape and murder of indigenous girl sparks protest

An 11-year old indigenous Jumma girl was allegedly raped, and then murdered, by a non-indigenous Bengali settler, Ibrahim in Longudu sub-district of the Chittagong Hill Tracts region on 9 May who has apparently been arrested following widespread protests against the incident.

The alleged rapist/murderer was earlier charged with the rape of another Jumma girl and was released on bail. Protestors stated the case represent impunity and absence of deterrence measures in the region and demanded exemplary punishment to the culprit as rape and other kinds of sexual abuse against indigenous girls have continued for long as criminals often go unpunished.


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