Bangladesh World Cup hero Rubel rape claim dropped

By AFP
Published: March 10, 2015
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Naznin Akter Happy, 19, made the rape allegation earlier this year after claiming 25-year-old Rubel had reneged on a promise of marriage that he made while they were having an "intimate affair".

Naznin Akter Happy, 19, made the rape allegation earlier this year after claiming 25-year-old Rubel had reneged on a promise of marriage that he made while they were having an "intimate affair".

DHAKA: A Bangladeshi actror who filed a rape case against cricket star Rubel Hossain said Tuesday she was withdrawing the charges against the fast bowler, a day after his match-winning heroics at the World Cup.

Naznin Akter Happy, 19, made the rape allegation earlier this year after claiming 25-year-old Rubel had reneged on a promise of marriage that he made while they were having an “intimate affair”.

The allegation had threatened to scupper Rubel’s chances of appearing in the World Cup after he was remanded in custody by a court in Dhaka.

But he was later granted bail until the end of the World Cup in view of “national interest” as he was a key member of Bangladesh’s team.

In the latest twist of a saga which has gripped the conservative Muslim-majority country, Happy said she had decided to forgive her former boyfriend who starred in a dramatic victory over England on Monday.

 

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“I’ve forgiven him. I am not going to continue the case against him,” Happy told Channel 24 television on Tuesday.

“I am not going to give any testimony or evidence against (him). And if I don’t carry on with the case, then there is no case.”

Her move came hours after her lawyer, Debul Dey, said he would no longer represent Happy as he did not want to put Rubel under pressure while he was representing his country in Australia and New Zealand.

Rubel took four for 53 in the win over England in Adelaide, which enabled Bangladesh to qualify for the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time.

 

Banglandesh paceman Rubel Hossain (2nd R) celebrates with teammates after dismissing England’s batsman Eoin Morgan (not pictured) during the 2015 Cricket World Cup Pool A match between Bangladesh and England at the Adelaide Oval on March 9, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

 

During the match, the actor posted a number of messages on Facebook account to show her support and cheering for Rubel.

“Yessss! I’m very happy. Got wicket. Well done Babu (baby), keep it up,” she wrote.

 

 

She even sent a kiss his way after Bangladesh won, “I’m speechless.”

 

 

Although victims of alleged rapes are usually entitled to anonymity, police waived reporting restrictions after Happy told the Bangladeshi media that she would drop the allegations if Rubel agreed to marry her.

Rubel has consistently rejected the allegation of rape or claims that he had offered to marry Happy, instead accusing her of “blackmail”.

Happy became a household name for her debut movie “Kichu Asha Bhalobasa” (Some Hopes, Some Loves) which hit cinemas in 2013.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Sam
    Mar 10, 2015 - 11:00PM

    This is sad…and how can this act help other women who are looking for justice on similar crime? I hope BD courts get involved and punish the culprits (either her or Rubel) accordingly.Recommend

  • Syed
    Mar 11, 2015 - 1:33AM

    Didn’t know that it’s okay to be raped by a newbie celebrity. As long as you are successful it’s acceptable. She should be put in jail for accusing someone of such a heinous crime.Recommend

  • Ibby
    Mar 11, 2015 - 6:49AM

    Love is blind, extra blind in this case….. Not a good match at all, she should date Pakistani Cricketers. Recommend

  • Nikhil
    Mar 11, 2015 - 10:03AM

    Wow… She looks really good. Pl come to Bollywood.Recommend

  • Imran
    Mar 11, 2015 - 11:16AM

    This girl with this boy!! Now I totally understood how popular cricket is in Bangladesh!Recommend

  • THE
    Mar 11, 2015 - 11:48AM

    Is cricket really THAT popular in Bangladesh ? and its only one match… what if they win the quarterfinals ? Recommend

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