Five youths in Bangladesh forced a woman onto a microbus and took turns to rape her. It was a chilling reminder of the fatal gang rape of an Indian student on a Delhi bus three years ago.
At around 9.30pm on Thursday, the woman, aged 21, was at the Kuril Bus stand area of the capital Dhaka, waiting to catch a bus home when five men forcibly bundled her into the microbus, reported local newspaper The Daily Star.
The attackers, who included the driver of the microbus, violated the woman on the running vehicle then threw her out of the bus in Uttara area at around 11pm, reported The Dhaka Tribune.
The victim is a first-year undergraduate who also works as a salesgirl. She lives with her older sister in Uttara.
The sister told bdnews24.com that the victim had been waiting for a bus after work.
"Suddenly, a microbus stopped in front of her and two youths forced her on to it. There were three others in the vehicle.
"They raped her on the moving vehicle for about an hour and a half before dumping her at Uttara's Jashimuddin Road around 10.45pm," she said.
She added that the microbus had slowly circled the streets while her sister was being raped.
She said that a man had visited her sister at her workplace last week and had inquired about her residence, wage and family.
"She (the victim) said the man was among the five who raped her," the sister said. "I think she'll recognise the man from the shop's CCTV footage."
The victim made a police report on Friday morning.
Her sister complained that they had to visit three police stations to lodge the case and were made to wait long hours.
No-one has been named in the case.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police's Deputy Commissioner Lutful Kabir described the crime as heinous, said reports.
Bhatara Police Station Inspector Md Sajjad Hossain said that the victim was in their custody.
He said the victim did not tell them whether she could recognise any of the rapists.
"We're investigating the incident with highest importance," he said.
Investigators have collected closed-circuit TV (CCTV) camera footage from the shopping centre where the victim works, said reports.
The police are also looking for CCTV footage from where she was pulled inside the vehicle or where she was dumped, said reports.
Doctors at Dhaka Medical College Hospital confirmed that the woman had been gang-raped.
This article was first published on May 25, 2015.
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