A group of miscreants, allegedly hired by her husband, has hacked a university student in Lakshmipur, in the second such incident in the country within a week.
Farhana Akhter, a degree student under Bangladesh Open University, was attacked around 9pm Friday in the Chhoto Pool area of Shakharipara in the Lakshmipur town by two or three unknown assailants.
She has been admitted to Lakhsmipur Sadar Hospital.
The woman told journalists at the hospital that she was a resident of Bhangura in Pabna district and was staying with one Sabita Rani, who works for Lakshmipur Family Planning, to appear for her degree exams at the Lakshmipur Government College centre.
On Friday, after her exams, she went to the town bus terminal to get on a bus for home. But she failed to get tickets and was heading back to Sabita's place when she was attacked.
Lakshmipur Sadar Hospital's Resident Medical Officer Dr. Anwar Hossain said Farhana had injuries in her stomach and chest caused by sharp weapons.
Farhana told reporters she was married to and estranged from Dr Ashfaqur Rahman, the president of the Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) Lakshmipur chapter.
She believed he was responsible for the attack.
Dr Ashfaq, who is a deputy director (acting) at the Lakshmipur Health and Family Planning office, denied the marriage.
“That woman is conspiring against me to extort money. She was already married and had a child from that marriage,” he said.
Farhana works as a paramedic for the project 'MaMoni' under Save the Children at the Mother and Children Welfare Centre in Lakshmipur.
Farhana told journalists she and the doctor had gotten married last year while travelling in Sylhet.
“Then Mamun refused to accept me as his wife. He also asked me not to come to Lakshmipur. At point, he threatened to kill me. So, when I came to take the exam here, he sent hired goons to attack me,” she said.
Lakshmipur Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Khandakar Mohammad Shahnawaz and Sadar Station's Officer-in-Charge (OC) Abdullah Al-Mamun Bhuiyan visited Farhana at the the hospital and said they would carry out the necessary investigation and take measures.
Lakshmipur Deputy Commissioner Zillur Rahman Chowdhury also visited her and asked the hospital authorities to ensure her treatment. He also requested the police officials to ensure her safety.