8-year-old girl raped by neighbour in Dhaka

8-year-old girl raped by neighbour in Dhaka

A first-grader was allegedly raped by a neighbour at Muslimnagar in Bangladesh's capital's Matuail yesterday afternoon.

The 17-year-old neighbour, Shaon, lured the girl into his empty house about 20 yards off her residence around 3:00pm, said the victim's family members.

All in tears, the girl appeared before her mother around 5:30pm, and explained what happened.

The eight-year-old was admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital around 11:30pm. The family did not report the matter to police.

The girl's mother said the residents of the area assured her of settling the matter through arbitration.

"We are getting her treated now. After her recovery, we will file a case if there is no arbitration," she told The Daily Star.

Shaon's family, who had been the girl's next door neighbour for a long time, moved to their new house six months ago, and it was known to the girl. Shaon worked as an assistant to a trucker.

Confronted by the victim's mother, the boy's family denied the allegations outright. The teenager allegedly fled after the crime. Kadamtoli Police Station Officer-in-Charge Abdus Salam said they were aware of the matter and looking into it.

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