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Daughter risks losing eye, mother’s face burnt

Update : 30 May 2015, 07:31 PM

After experiencing a bitter divorce for refusing to pay dowry, Sabikunnahar returned to her father’s house, hoping to start a new life.

On Friday night, the 25-year-old was talking to her mother, Rokeya Begum, 45, in the house at Charmandalia village of Monohardi upazila in Narsingdi when someone threw acid through the window.

They both came out of the house and noticed Sabikunnahar’s former husband, Md Daulat Mia, running away along with four others.

The two, with the mother and the daughter sustaining 7% and 17% burn injuries respectively, were rushed to a nearby clinic but were shifted to the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital yesterday morning as their condition deteriorated.

Professor Sazzad Hossain, a doctor of the burn unit, told the Dhaka Tribune Sabikunnahar and Rokeya Begum were out of danger but the daughter’s eyes were affected and she might never be able to see with her left eye again.

“We are trying our best to save her eyes,” he added.

Sabikunnahar, daughter of farmer Abdul Manna, tied the knot with neighbour Mohammad’s son Daulat eight years ago.

But Daulat, who was a small trader at the time of marriage, incurred losses in business just after a year and began demanding dowry from his wife.

Sabikunnahar thought her husband would have mercy on her because she had just given birth to her first child, Joy. But that did not solve the problem and Daulat divorced her but kept Joy.

The family of Sabikunnahar, after a long wait, finally decided to marry her off again.

Meanwhile, Rokeya, from her maternal side, inherited some properties and Daulat, after hearing that, proposed to take Sabikunnahar back.

But the divorcee said she would only return if Daulat married her again, with Daulat’s family disapproving of the condition. The family also made false statements to people who came to Sabikunnahar’s house to see her as a potential bride.  

“When they understood that there was no other way to harass us, they chose to throw acid on my daughter. My elder brother’s wife also helped them in the act because she developed greed for my property,” Rokeya told the Dhaka Tribune, lying on a hospital bed.

Abidur Rahman Manjid, another brother of Rokeya, said a complaint had been lodged with Monohardi police station against Daulat and his father Mohammad.

“We have also accused our elder brother’s wife Parina Begum and her relative Rabia Akther for the acid attack.”

SM Alamgir Hossain, officer-in-charge of Monohardi police station, told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday police had visited the victims in the hospital to record their statements.

“We are now searching for Daulat and the others named in the complaint. Hopefully, they all will be arrested soon,” he added. 

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