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Weightlifting Fed probe sexual assault allegation
Bangladesh Weightlifting Federation on Monday formed a three-member committee to investigate the allegation of sexual violence against one of its employees by the family of a female weightlifter.
An uncle of the victim alleged that federation employee Sohag Ali violated his niece on September 13 at the National Sports Council tower after calling her there for a training session.
The victim disclosed the matter to her relatives in early October and soon lost her mental balance.
She is now undergoing treatment at the National Institute of Mental Health.
Colonel Nazrul Islam, the general secretary of weightlifting federation, said they have accepted the allegation an ordered a quick investigation.
‘Today we have formed a three-member committee headed by our vice-president Atikuzzaman. The other members of the federation are Mujibur Rahman and Hasan Imam,’ he added.
‘We also suspended the accused immediately. We have taken the matter very seriously. If we get any evidence, we will take further action.
‘If necessary we will hand over the accused to police. The victim wanted financial assistance from us for her treatment and legal support. We assured them both,’ he added.
Victim’s uncle told BDchronicle that they had considered going to police but later refrained from it considering the future of the girl.
‘We are a poor family. We don’t have money to run the case. Also we had to think of her future,’ he said.
The accused could not be reached for comments.