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Bus driver and helper in Bangladesh get life sentence for raping teenager on bus

Published on Feb 13, 2014 4:43 PM

DHAKA (AFP) - A Bangladesh court jailed a bus driver and his helper for life on Thursday for the rape of a teenage girl, a crime that sparked angry protests in the country.

A district judge in the town of Manikganj delivered the sentences after finding the helper guilty of raping the garment worker, while the driver was convicted of aiding and abetting him, prosecutor Abdus Salam told AFP.

The attack in January 2013 prompted protests in Dhaka and Manikganj, some 70 kilometres away, and came one month after the fatal gang-rape of a student on a bus in the Indian capital, which unleashed anger over treatment of women.

"Finding the 17-year-old garment worker alone on the bus, the driver first attempted to rape her on the moving vehicle. But later they stopped the bus near a river station where the helper raped her with the driver aiding him," Mr Salam said.

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