Police say the woman was waiting at a bus stop for a ride home after work on Thursday night when a minibus stopped in front of her and two men forced her aboard. They and three other men inside the bus took turns raping her for an hour and a half while the bus slowly drove around the Jamuna Future Park area in northeast Dhaka.
Inspired by the Delhi gang rape in 2012, no doubt, the one in which the rapists pulled the victim’s intestines out before they threw her and the guy who was with her off the bus.
The woman’s sister told reporters that the family had to visit three police stations before one agreed to take a report.
They went to the station closest to their home in the Uttara area around 4 a.m. Friday but were told by police that they did not have jurisdiction because the incident took place outside the area. They visited another police station an hour later and got the same reply, she said.
They reached Bhatara Police Station around 6 a.m. but had to wait three hours for a senior officer to arrive and register the case.
Note that this isn’t in a remote village but in Dhaka, the capital and the tenth largest city in the world, with a population of 18 million.
Women’s rights activists say indifference by authorities and a culture of impunity are encouraging such crimes.
Apparently. If rapes can’t even be reported until business hours the next day, that’s indifference by authorities and a culture of impunity.