Elderly man held for violating minor


­Police on Thursday arrested a 60-year-old man for sexually harassing a six-year-old child in the name of giving her chocolates in Jibannagar upazila of Chuadanga.

The arrestee, Mallik Hossain was sent to jail through the court. Earlier on Wednesday night, the mother of the child filed a case against Mallik Hossain at Jibannagar police station. Police arrested the accused on Thursday.

According to locals, Md. Bagar's daughter (8) of Kaya village in Jivbannagar upazila was playing near her house on Wednesday afternoon. At that time, Mallik Hossain (60), an old man from the same neighbourhood, tempted the child by giving her chocolate and called her to his house. 

When Mallik Hossain tried to force sexual harassment on the child, the child started screaming. Neighbours rushed to the spot and rescued the child. After failing to settle the matter through village arbitration, the child's mother lodged a complaint with the Jivannagar police station on Wednesday night.

Abdul Momin, a member of the Border Union Parishad, said, "The mother of the girl and the locals tried to call me and tell me about the allegation that an old man had sexually harassed a girl." At one stage, if there is any disturbance in the matter, I inform the Jivannagar police.

Jibannagar Police Officer-in-Charge (OC) Saiful Islam said the accused Mallik Hossain was arrested from Kaya village and sent to Chuadanga Jail through a court after receiving allegations of sexual harassment.