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A rape victim and the role of police

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THE High Court has said it is waiting to see what step the government takes over the allegation of "forced marriage" of a rape victim with the rapist by the police in Pabna. 'The incident is under our observation. We're waiting to see administration action in this regard,' the HC Bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Khairul Alam said, the media reported on Wednesday. The Bench made this statement when Supreme Court lawyer Jamiul Haque Faisal placed some newspapers before the court containing the report on the incident with urging for necessary order.
The court was told that Officer-in-Charge of Pabna Sadar Police Station Obaidul Huq and other police personnel are reportedly threatening the rape victim and the marriage registrar who had refused to conduct the marriage. If an action is not taken, the investigation into the incident may take a different turn. The court asked the lawyer to approach to this court after one week if proper steps are not taken over the incident.
The 33-year-old rape victim, who was already married and mother of three children, filed a case with Pabna Sadar Police Station against five people including Md Russel and Ghontu on Monday on charge of raping her. Local police on September 5 got her married with one of the rapists Md Russel. The law enforcers, however, arrested Russel and Ghontu in the meantime.
We're shocked seeing the role of police against a distressed woman, who is also a rape victim. Though it's the duty of police to provide safety and security to people's life and wealth, they are giving shelter to the criminals and non-cooperating with the victims. We never think of that there would be any administrative measures against the accused policemen. In fact, it's also impossible for the present administration. What's interesting is that police - those are corrupts -- also know very well that they won't have to face any punishment for their misdeeds.
There is no way to suppress that police are often used politically and entire administration has to depend on them to implement its political desire. Besides, recruitment on political consideration along with impunity has made the situation critical. Nowadays many policemen even don't hesitate to support the criminals openly.

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