More than 1,000 protests in Bangladesh after the rape of a student

DHAKA: More than 1,000 students and activists joined on Monday, chanted slogans and marched Bangladesh The main public university after a sophomore was raped, police said.

Protesters gathered on the capital's Dhaka campus, after the victim was rescued and taken to Medical College Hospital around midnight on Sunday.

The victim was walking to a friend's house after getting off the university bus on Sunday night, but someone grabbed her from behind, gagged her and took her to a nearby empty place, where she was attacked, police said.

Protesters chanted slogans demanding the arrest of whoever was responsible and the safety of women. Some wore scallops that said: No more rapes, we want justice and we want the highest punishment.

Kazi Sahan Haque, the police chief at the Kurmitola police station, said authorities registered a case filed by the victim's father and were investigating.

Sohel Mahmud, head of the forensic department of the Dhaka School of Medicine Hospital, said an examination of the victim found evidence of rape and assault.

In Bangladesh, a Muslim-majority conservative nation of 160 million people, women regularly face various forms of harassment including rape and tortures. , a network of women groups, said it recorded 697 rape cases in 2018 and 592 cases in the first half of 2019.

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