Although police had been notified of the matter several days ago, they hesitated to take action without a written complaint from the victim herself
North Bengal Medical College Department of Forensics lecturer Dr Tuhin has been arrested for sexually harassing a foreign fourth-year student, after he conned her with promises of marriage and blackmailed her with compromising photographs.
Although police had been notified of the matter several days ago, they hesitated to take action without a written complaint from the victim herself. They only arrested the Dr Tuhin after she filed one with Sirajganj Sadar police station on Monday evening.
Following his arrest, many attempts were made by influential local circles to have the popular doctor released. Moreover, great secrecy was maintained by the police in order to keep members of the media in the dark about the arrest.
However, Court Inspector Mustafa Kamal confirmed the fact that Tuhin was taken to the district prison on Monday night.
Sirajganj Sadar police station Sub-Inspector (Investigation) Ali Zafar said: “Pictures of a compromising nature of the student and Tuhin were stored in a memory card owned by the latter. The student tried to recover the memory card multiple times, but failed. Later, she and her friends reported the situation to the university authorities, but to no avail. Frustrated, she informed police about the matter.”
Denying allegations of having entertained the lobbying of the doctor’s well-wishers, Sadar police station Inspector (Investigation) Md Rafiqul Islam said: “The victim is a Nepali fourth-year student, and Tuhin has been sent to prison based on her accusation. We kept the matter secret due to its sensitive nature. We even informed the Embassy of Nepal in Dhaka.”
However, according to the victim’s fellow students, Tuhin slowly struck up an affair with the girl, conning her with promises of marriage into forming an intimate relationship. During this time, he recorded the two of them in a moment of intimacy to blackmail her further.
Pressured regarding his false promises of marriage, Tuhin denied the allegations entirely. The two had a verbal disagreement regarding the matter on Friday, and on Sunday, the student went to the lecturer’s house to confront him. This last argument became heated, eventually leading to a scuffle.
Later, the girl filed a case with the police, and Tuhin was arrested.
Asked about the matter, North Bengal Medical College Professor SM Akram Hossain told reporters: “A special three-person probe looked into the matter of the accusation, and action will be taken once they file a report.”