Three youths have arrested on Wednesday for "gang-raping" two schoolgirls in Panchagarh's Tetulia amid the widespread protests and announcement of the death penalty for sexual assault against women.
The victims' fathers filed two cases over the incident accusing five people.
"Three accused – Omar Faruk Imon, 26, Md Sohag, 22, and Anowar Hossain, 26 - have been arrested so far. We are trying to nab the other two, Officer-in-Charge of Tetulia Model Police Station Md Jahurul Islam said.
The girls went with Anowar to Tetulia on Tuesday to visit some places. At the end of the day, the three accused took the teenagers to the house of some Abbas Ali. This where the five accused raped the teenagers.
The youths fled as the girls fell sick. The teenagers' family members rescued them in the dead of night on that day and informed the police, sources said.
The victims were sent to Adhunik Sadar Hospital in Panchagarh for medical tests, police said.
According to Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), 975 women were raped, 208 of whom were subjected to gang-rape, from January to September 30 this year.
Of them, 45 were killed after rape and 12 others killed themselves.
ASK also said, 161 women were subjected to sexual harassment and 12 of them took their own lives during the period.
Three women and nine men were killed for protesting the incidents of sexual harassment, it added.
Also, 627 children were raped and 20 boys were molested while 21 women fell victims to acid attacks. Source: UNB