BTRC official arrested on charges of rape of woman, filming the incident

Violence against woman
Prothom Alo illustration

BTRC deputy director Sanjeeb Kumar Singh has been apprehended by the Dhanmondi police station on charges of of rape, fraud, and invasion of privacy.

These charges stem from a case where he is accused of engaging in a relationship with a woman under a false pretense and secretly recording videos to harass her.

Authorities have disclosed that explicit videos and images were retrieved from his mobile device.

The officer-in-charge (OC) of Dhanmondi police station, Parvez Islam, told Prothom Alo that a woman lodged a case against Sanjeeb Kumar Singh, deputy director of the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), under the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act-2000 at Dhanmondi police station last Friday. Sanjeeb was subsequently arrested on the same day.

The OC stated that Sanjeeb was taken to court, and a remand plea was submitted the subsequent day, Saturday. The court granted a one-day remand for interrogation.

According to the complaint, the woman first encountered Sanjeeb in 2013, during which he concealed his identity. Eventually, they entered into a romantic relationship. However, upon learning Sanjeeb’s identity, she no longer wished to continue the relationship.

Nevertheless, Sanjeeb assured her of marriage. In 2014, he brought her to a residence where he raped her and clandestinely recorded the act.

He continued to sexually assault her over six to seven years, exploiting the video as a means of coercion. Sanjeeb filmed these assaults and also resorted to sending them to the mobile phones of her family members.

In her statement, the victim recounted an incident on 15 August when Sanjeeb summoned her to his Dhanmondi residence and raped her while issuing threats to her life.

During this ordeal, she was subjected to physical abuse and confined within the house.

Later, a friend of Sanjeeb came and saw her condition and wanted to know what happened. After hearing the details, Sanjeeb's friend took her home. Sanjeeb lives in the Dhanmondi area of Dhaka.