News No. 14/2013, Sunday, February 03, 2013
A JUMMA college girl was subjected to sexual harassment by some Bengali youths in Balaghata of Bandarban town, reports The Daily Purbokone, published from Chittagong.
The daily in its yesterday’s (2 February) issue said, “The incident happened on Friday afternoon at Balaghata bazar.”
“Md. Imran, his friend Hamid and another youth sexually harassed Hlamenu Marma, an eleventh grade female student residing at Women’s College’s residential hostel, when she went to bazar for shopping.” it added.
She was also harassed and threatened by the same youths while she was in the bazar earlier in the morning.
Hlamenu reported the incident to the hostel authority who in their turn informed the police about the matter.
The college’s assistant, Naishemong Marma, and a local trader Liakot said, “We were present there when the incident took place. We tried to prevent the miscreants, but they did not heed us and instead snatched away the assistant’s mobile phone set.”
The hostel’s superintendent, Farzana Akter, said that initially the girl had not informed them of the incident and that when the matter became public they informed the police about it.
She confirmed that Hlamenu was sexually harassed by the Bengali youths.
Local people informed that Imran is a member of the Bengali Jubo Parishad (Bengali Youth Council). He and his friends are absconding after the incident.
The Officer-in-charge of Bandarban Sadar Thana, Md Imtiaz, told local journalists that he would investigate the incident. “If the allegation is proved to be true, we will take actions against the delinquent youths.” he added.