Police in Gazipur have arrested the man who had viciously beaten his wife in public at MC Bazar in Sreepur upazila last month.
Ibrahim, 38, was picked up from his home at the upazila’s Godarchala village on Sunday evening in a case filed by the victim, 38-year-old Fardia Akhter, said Sreepur police station Sub-Inspector Syed Azizul Haque.
He said Ibrahim’s third wife Mouri Akhter, 25, his mother-in-law Jamila Begum, 47, and sisters-in-law Nasrin Akhter, 22, and Farzana Akhter, 19, were also detained at the same time. They also allegedly have been physically torturing and threatening Farida.
Farida in the case filed with Sreepur police had accused Ibrahim and named the four arrestees as his accomplices.
According to Farida, Ibrahim married her for her property, left by her late husband with whom she had three children, despite already being married. He then began pressuring Farida to sell off the house and the land.
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As she persistently refused, Ibrahim recently married for the third time and ceased to provide for Farida, all the while bringing in his new wife Mouri at the house where he lived with Farida and her three children.
On January 20, when Farida asked him for money to buy food, an incensed Ibrahim began to thrash Farida. She then fled the house but did not get far before her husband caught up to her at MC Bazar.
In full view of the public, Ibrahim hit his wife with a shoe and kicked her in the head, gut, and all over her body. Although nobody intervened directly, the whole incident was recorded by a passerby and uploaded on social media, which soon went viral.
Ibrahim later claimed Farida suffers from mental health problems and had set out from her house to commit suicide, which is why he resorted to violence to retrieve her.
However, following an outcry on social media, police were mobilized to arrest Ibrahim. But by then he was already on the run.