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Raped Girl Whipped to Death

Police, post-mortem miss injury marks


Neither the police inquest nor the post-mortem found any injury marks on Hena's body though the national media quoting numerous witnesses reported she had been whipped to death following a fatwa at Chamta village of the district.

The Daily Star studied both the reports which also contradict the confessions made by the two detained local arbitrators before a court that the girl had been lashed in their presence.

The findings of the inquest and the post-mortem have not only surprised the victim's family members but also the doctors and nurses who attended Hena during her six-day stay in hospital.

Contacted, two forensic experts at Suhrawardi Medical College and Hospital in the capital suggested a fresh autopsy as early as possible.

A senior nurse at Shariatpur Sadar Hospital described to this correspondent how traumatised and depressed the 15-year-old girl was when admitted there on January 25.

“For the next three days she could not walk. There were injury marks all over her face. I tried to check her body but the family members did not allow,” Archana, the senior nurse, continued.

Fearing social disgrace, Hena's relatives did not disclose the actual cause of her injuries to the doctors.

They instead said she had sustained the injuries from falling.

The senior nurse added that Hena could not take food, so they had to feed her intravenously.

She then informed Dr Sultan Ahmed about her condition.

Dr Sultan told The Daily Star he found that the girl was physically assaulted and referred her to the surgical department of the hospital.

Head of the surgical department Dr Nirmal Chandra Das said the girl “almost recovered” from her injuries when relatives insisted on her release.

“We are under no compulsion to inform the law enforcers until a patient is dead in an assault case,” said Dr Nirmal, also the residential medical officer, when asked why he had not informed the police.

On her release from the hospital on January 30, she had to be carried to a car, said Chunnu Mia, Hena's brother-in-law.

“There was a tremendous pressure from some local influential people, including the union parishad member, to get Hena out of the hospital. Scared, the family asked for her release,” said Chunnu.

Dr Sultan, however, said the girl was not in a condition to be released.

Hena's father Darbesh Kha, a day-labourer, said he cannot describe how cruelly his daughter was tortured. “My 15-year-old child was brutally whipped.”

Those giving her bath before burial also saw injury marks all over the body. Of them, her cousin Minu said there were bruises on her thighs, chest, lower abdomen and hands.

Minu, who had accompanied her to the hospital, said, “Hena broke down in tears and told me how Mahbub gagged her and raped.”

The Daily Star talked to at least three witnesses to the whipping and a dozen others who saw the injuries Hena suffered from whipping on January 24.

The two forensic experts at Suhrawardi Medical College and Hospital said external injuries might fade out in a week but it takes at least two weeks for the internal ones to disappear.

“The whipping must have severed blood vessels under the skin; there must have been signs of this under the skin. A proper post-mortem cannot fail to trace such injuries,” said one of the experts requesting anonymity.

According to witnesses, Hena was whipped at least 50 times a day after she was raped allegedly by her 40-year-old cousin Mahbub and physically tortured by Mahbub's wife and in-laws on January 23.

The next day, Imam of local mosque Saifullah passed a fatwa for whipping the girl 101 times and Mahbub 200 times. He also fined Mahbub Tk 50,000.

The fatwa was given in a closed-door meeting, arranged by the family of Mahbub's wife Shilpi in collusion with Idris Sheikh, member of Chamta union parishad.

At one stage of the lashing, Hena collapsed to the ground, witnesses add.

Still, Idris and some others did not allow Hena's family to take her to hospital until January 25, when her condition worsened.

Following her death, police arrested four people -- Hafez Mofiz, Joynal Shikhder, Ala Box, and Shilpi. Hafez Mofiz, Joynal Shikhder made the confession before a magistrate court.

Police have yet to arrest the rest including the main culprit Mahbub, Saifullah, Idris and Monimala, who lashed Hena.

The Daily Star also found the case filed with Noria Police Station inconsistent with the incident described by the victim's family members. In the case, the place of occurrence has been wrongly recorded.

The deputy commissioner of Shariatpur said the matter did not come to their notice, as the victim and the perpetrators are close relatives who tried to settle it among themselves.

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It is sad that only when such tragedies happen, the reign of terror of 'fatwa' comes to the limelight.This news will make headlines for a few days and then people will move on to something else until such news reappears.People are so blinded by the name of religion that rationality is often overpowered. We really need to do something about the supposed rule of religion.

: Anon

RAB may find out the truth and Doctors/Nurses statements to be considered. Post mortem may be done again to verify its correctness. Guilty persons to be charged.

: khan


  • Dr. Shaidul kazi, Finland
    Monday, February 7, 2011 01:08 AM GMT+06:00 (261 weeks ago)

    It is so frustrating that the 15 years old innocent girl Hena had to receive so many lashes for a crime which she did not commit. The lashes which were result of fatwa had led her to death. Alas! Our doctors did not get any injury marks in her body! Neither the police inquest. The innocent girl of a poor family will not get justice - Bangladesh is a country where more powerful people can do anything over less powerful people. My heart cries for the death of Hena. I request the concerned authority to conduct an immediate post-mortem with qualified doctors to determine what went to Hena and ensure appropriate punishment to the accused people- failing to do so more innocent Hena like girls will be victim of fatwa in the future.

  • Towhid Salam
    Monday, February 7, 2011 02:14 AM GMT+06:00 (261 weeks ago)

    Not only do the culprits who were involved in this should receive justice at the court, the police officials and the forensic experts who failed in their duties should be prosecuted.

  • A Bangladeshi
    Monday, February 7, 2011 02:56 AM GMT+06:00 (261 weeks ago)

    Thanks to the DS for this lead news. Unfortunate Hena, the police and the leaders in politics are our regular associates. There is no way we can change our fate and the fate of the victim of genocide, Hena to follow.

    Wait for the night to fall and see what is in store for us the next day , a day reserved for political hartal and an undeclared holiday for ordinary people not to be compensated for their loss of earnings and services for life savings.Please do not remember Hena. Remember the politicians who have brought us to this situation in exchange of our sufferings and their comfortable life style, which also enjoy the people's mandate and support. The problem is not in the police postmortem lab., it is iin our confused idea and action/

    From California

  • Bikash
    Monday, February 7, 2011 03:17 AM GMT+06:00 (261 weeks ago)

    Star should make the follow-up Report and not stop here. The criminals including the police must be brought to justice and we are happy to see that Daily Star is working on this.

  • m
    Monday, February 7, 2011 04:50 AM GMT+06:00 (261 weeks ago)

    I don't get this report! How could they miss telltale sign of beatings? So, you meant the police and coroner were negligent in their duties or what?

  • Shahed Kazi
    Monday, February 7, 2011 06:52 AM GMT+06:00 (261 weeks ago)

    What a shame that we call these people humans!

  • Dhruba
    Monday, February 7, 2011 08:07 AM GMT+06:00 (261 weeks ago)

    How come!!

    Police may miss injury marks for a number of evil reasons. But it is not feasible nor acceptable in real life postmortem can not pick up such injury marks which are expected to be deep injuries. Above all, should the treating doctors' evidence not be enough to establish that the girl sustained severe injuries & the cause of such injuries? I hope the girls parents get some justice & the departed soul have some peace after her death.

  • Suman Sen
    Monday, February 7, 2011 08:27 AM GMT+06:00 (261 weeks ago)

    In the age of globalization we are still uncivilized.Corruption cannot be justified for anything . All over the country's people know the truth also the story behind the news by the eventually news of the newspaper and electronic media but Police, postmortem miss injury marks . Without funny jocks nothings else this postmortem report . Its an example out of many corruption by the police .

    We all strongly disregard this arrange report and also we must have right to want an exemplary punishment who neglect this case and hide the truth and do the corruption . Thanks to all.

  • Nazmul, Ottawa
    Monday, February 7, 2011 08:32 AM GMT+06:00 (261 weeks ago)

    Both Home Minster & her deputy should be taken in to account for their inability to govern.

  • dipu khondekar
    Monday, February 7, 2011 08:52 AM GMT+06:00 (261 weeks ago)

    Shabash. Our state religion, indeed. Only a secular constitution can save Bengal and Bengali girls from these Arab inspired animals.

  • Seama Mowri
    Monday, February 7, 2011 09:11 AM GMT+06:00 (261 weeks ago)

    Please Tell me there is some NGO or an authority looking into this? And a continuous follow up would be appreciated.

  • z hossain
    Monday, February 7, 2011 09:33 AM GMT+06:00 (261 weeks ago)

    Can we establish a transparent postmortem system? I understand assigned doctors can be bribed or threatened.

    The govt should concentrate on issues of justice - starting with this case. Have a through investigation system and take all steps to establish a transparent, professional and ethical postmortem and police investigation system.

    The power of the FACELESS AND NAMELESS influential people must be uprooted.

  • Abu Rayhan
    Monday, February 7, 2011 09:51 AM GMT+06:00 (261 weeks ago)

    In fact repeated occurrence of such incidents tells about the status of mental health of our society. I guess since the end of the British colonial rule, overall religious tolerance and social harmony have downgraded in Bangladesh. Continuous use of religion in national politics is greatly contributing to this process. Also, because of a very weak social infrastructure peoples of rural areas are not getting proper education and other services. Under this circumstance rural peoples are easily lured by religious fundamentalists, who exploit them for their own benefit. And this situation is the result of uneven development between urban and rural areas of the country.

  • Muhammad Zahirul Bhuiyan
    Monday, February 7, 2011 10:29 AM GMT+06:00 (261 weeks ago)

    We are familiar with this kind of forensic reports.

    We saw photos of Hena, her family members; but why not the culprits? I thank the medias for following up with this harsh incident which shake up the mass people. We request The Daily Star to publish photos of Mahbub and other absconding criminals and I believe the countrymen will find them out. Please publish photos of the culprits ASAP.

  • Anonymous
    Monday, February 7, 2011 12:10 AM GMT+06:00 (261 weeks ago)

    Have you ever seen a true police report? Police report changes everyday. Money has miracle effect.

  • hosnearabegum poly
    Monday, February 7, 2011 11:39 AM GMT+06:00 (261 weeks ago)

    this is possible only in our country.God save us.nobody will...........

    Monday, February 7, 2011 12:26 PM GMT+06:00 (261 weeks ago)

    i am speechless....

  • shireen
    Monday, February 7, 2011 12:44 PM GMT+06:00 (261 weeks ago)

    i think in Bangladesh it is better to kill/murder baby girls than them live, it is no life for them, you live in country where the girl has no value, not just compared to the west, but other Muslim and Eastern countries. This just highlights it. The girl was raped, she was the victim, but the men made HER pay, where was justice for her? The system run by men, corrupted by men is run FOR men and women have no place, don't tell me to look at the political elite, they are just puppets. If you think i am biased. just look at wedding the fuss is more about groom than the bride, she is the one meant to get the dowry, but it is the man. what has Bangladesh come to. I am speaking from experience, it ok for a man family to treat a daughter-in-law badly, but god forbid that a son-in law should be treated badly. so tell me isn,t it better for a girl in bangladesh to die at very young age and a least live in paradise.

  • Haji Rezaul Karim Jahid
    Monday, February 7, 2011 01:01 PM GMT+06:00 (261 weeks ago)

    I am really surprised to read this kind of brutal misbehave with 15 years old girl.Rapist should be fired on open firing square.

  • Talat Islam
    Monday, February 7, 2011 01:18 PM GMT+06:00 (261 weeks ago)

    How can one miss physical evidence of whipping? If her treating physicians already diagnose her with whipping the postmortem is unimportant. Attending physicians should easily make the difference between injury due to fall and whipping.

  • Ezajur Rahman
    Monday, February 7, 2011 03:06 PM GMT+06:00 (261 weeks ago)

    We should be honest. This is normal. There is nothing shocking. This is how our country is operating day to day. Our sorrow and shame are merely the cotton wool upon which scoundrels stand as they ruin our lives. Our lame duck calls for justice are laughed at by the culprits. The public has a right to be furious.

  • rownok
    Monday, February 7, 2011 03:09 PM GMT+06:00 (261 weeks ago)

    it's a great sorrow for every deprived person in our country.We cannot protect ourselves even do not get justice.Hena is another example of it.

  • Masudur Rahman
    Monday, February 7, 2011 03:57 PM GMT+06:00 (261 weeks ago)

    The perpetrator and the mullahs seem to bypass law and get away without being punished for such a audacious, heinous acts. It has been many time before, how long will it continue? All sensible citizens must come forward and demand the punishment of both the perpetrator and the mullah.

  • salmun
    Monday, February 7, 2011 03:49 PM GMT+06:00 (261 weeks ago)

    How Shameful!!! Another rape has been occurred... and if we observe our continuity, we, our morality , our society, are going to be raped again , if we failed to bring the culprit to the book........ ................. but maximum time we failed.........................

  • afreen
    Monday, February 7, 2011 04:00 PM GMT+06:00 (261 weeks ago)

    police and postmortem may take bribe. In that case eye witnesses of many people is more than enough. This case cannot be hidden by this corrupted police and postmortem.

  • hashem
    Monday, February 7, 2011 05:31 PM GMT+06:00 (261 weeks ago)

    thanks honourable HC for exhume order, doctors ,nurses and police related to postmortem will have to be severely punished. i am sure they have been bribed





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