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Bangladesh election: ‘Gang rape’ suspects detained. A court in Bangladesh has remanded seven men in custody, including a local leader of the governing Awami League party, over a suspected gang rape.
A mother of four alleges she was raped by a group of men because she voted for the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party in last week’s poll.
The election night attack has triggered protests and anger on social media.
The men have denied the accusations, and the Awami League leader has been expelled from the party.
The Awami League won a landslide victory in last Sunday’s election, which was marred by violence, intimidation and vote rigging claims. At least 17 people died in clashes between ruling party and opposition supporters.
On Friday, the UN expressed concern over what it described as reprisals against the political opposition by ruling party activists after the elections.
The woman’s husband lodged a complaint last week saying that a group of men forced their way into the family home in Noakhali district, tied him and their four children up, and sexually assaulted her in the middle of the night.
Neighbours helped the family after the attackers left, and the woman, 35, was taken to hospital.
According to reports, she was allegedly warned by the men earlier that day, while at a polling centre, not to vote for the opposition candidate.