Manikganj UP member held on sexual assault charge

Published : 12 Aug 2022 07:28 PM

Police have arrested a union parishad (UP) member of Manikganj's Saturia upazila on the charge of sexually assaulting a woman after promising her a vulnerable group feeding (VGF) card.

The arrestee is Delwar Hossain, Ward 5 member of Boraid UP of the upazila, Ashraful Alam, officer-in-charge of Saturia Police Station, said.

The woman filed a case at the police station under the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act. A Manikganj court Thursday sent Delwar to jail after rejecting his bail plea, the OC said.

The woman, who is struggling to make ends meet, requested a VGF card so that she could buy rice at a reduced price of Tk10 per kg. Wednesday, around 8pm Delwar called the mother of two over the phone, asking her to get the card from his home.

But the woman said she would go there the next day as her husband was not home.

"Later at night, the UP member came to the woman's home and sexually assaulted her. The woman's neighbours rushed to her home after hearing her scream.

They caught the UP member in the act and handed him over to the police," Ashraful said.