Rape of an Indigenous School Teacher in Khagrachari

It’s been alleged that an indigenous Chakma woman (45) was raped in Khagrachari district on 23 February 2023. The perpetrator is namely Md. Harunor Rashid (40) son of Md. Abdul Mannan from ward no.5 under Khagrachari Municipality of Khagrachari district.

Notably, the victim is a government primary teacher and the perpetrator was also a teacher before.

Sources said that, on the incident day at around 3 pm the victim went to Khagrachari to meet with her husband.  When Md. Harunor Rashid, the alleged perpetrator, knew the whereabouts of the victim, he called the victim repeatedly in her mobile and wanted to meet with her by saying that he has some urgent matters to discuss. As a result, the victim went to meet with Md. Harunor Rashid at Banaful restaurant of Selim market in Khagrachari Sadar. After reaching there the culprit offered some food to the survivor. After having food, the school teacher were not feeling good. Later, when the victim wanted to leave as she was not feeling well, the perpetrator took the victim with him by a battery-run vehicle locally called tomtom while she became unconscious. However, when the victim regained her consciousness, she found her at Md. Harunor Rashid house. Afterwards, the perpetrator asked the victim to marry him and threatened to kill her if she does not agree with him. When the victim refused to marry him, Md. Harunor Rashid forcefully raped the victim repeatedly from 3.30pm to 8pm and made a video in his mobile.

Due to fear the victim did not file any complaint after the incident. However, with the help of her family members the victim filed a case (Case no. 11, dated, 14/03/23) with Khagrachari Police Station against Md. Harunor Rashid on 14 March 2023. Although, the perpetrator has not been arrested yet.