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A young Christian tribal in Bangladesh was sexually assaulted by three Muslim men and is now under threat after reporting the incident to local police. Christian women often present an easy target in Bangladesh because of their minority status. Prior to the assault, the Christian tribal’s family had been kicked off their land by local Muslims seeking to steal their property rights. Will the local authorities step in and provide this Christian with justice? 

06/25/2017 Bangladesh (Asia News) – A young Christian tribal was attacked by three Muslim men and now lives in fear. The violent attack occurred in the village of Madarpur, in Gaibandha, in the diocese of Dinajpur.

On June 18, the 20-year-old girl was attacked by three criminals – including a security guard – but with her cries she was able to attract the attention of other tribals who managed to save her. After the attempted rape, the three men fled and are still at large. The young woman’s family filed a complaint, but now say they are being threatened by criminals, who want the case to be dropped.

The three accused are Halim Shak, 28, a security guard at a sugar factory; Wear Amin, 35, and Abdul Latif, 35. The Christian tribal is a member of the Mariampur Parish. Last year, her family was involved in a land dispute. The violence – a premeditated attack – was also witnessed by the police, deployed by the Muslims who wanted to expropriate the land. The young woman, along with her parents, were forced to leave the house and live in a slum.

Father Samson Marandy, parish priest of Mariampur, reports to Asia News that the victim “is already in a state of weakness because of the persecuted for their land. She lives like a refugee and has also had to suffer sexual assault by Muslims.”

“Christians here,” he adds, “are the minority and remain victims of the Islamic majority. We as church leaders are on the part of our people. We want justice and security.”

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