Staff Reporter : The High Court on Wednesday said it was observing the government's steps taken about the allegation of "forced marriage" between a rape victim and the rapist by the police in Pabna. The HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Khairul Alam said this when three Supreme Court advocates, including Jamiul Haque Faisal, placed in this bench some newspapers cutting containing the report on the incident for necessary order. The court said, "We are also keeping an eye on the incident through media." Advocate Faisal told the court that Officer-in-Charge of Pabna Sadar Police Station Obaidul Huq and other police personnel are reportedly threatening the rape victim and the Kazi (marriage registrar), who had refused to conduct the marriage. If an action is not taken, the investigation into the incident may take another turn, the advocate said. The court then informed that the authorities concerned have reportedly issued a show cause notice on the OC, and the main accused had already been arrested. The court has also asked the lawyer to approach this court later if proper steps are not taken about the incident. The rape victim, a mother of three children, alleged that on August 29 neighbour Russel Ahmed took her in his residence and raped her along with an aide of him. After two days of this incident, Russel again took her in a business office and detained her there for three days. This time four to five people raped her by turn. Later, she returned home and was admitted to Pabna General Hospital on September 5. The victim also lodged written complaints with Pabna Sadar police station on September 6. Police held Russel and arranged marriage on that night without requesting any case.
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