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Woman reportedly set on fire in Lakshmipur loses battle for life

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Shahinur Akter was admitted to the burn unit of Lakshmipur Sadar Hospital on Sunday, April 21, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

She was brought to DMCH with 55% burns to her body

A woman—who was allegedly set on fire by her reported husband in Lakshmipur's Kamalnagar upazila—has died at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH). 

Shahinur Akter died while being treated at the burn unit of DMCH around 11am yesterday, confirmed the hospital’s police outpost In-Charge Inspector Bachchu Miah.

Her body was later kept at the DMCH morgue for autopsy.

Shahinur was brought to the hospital from Lakshmipur Sadar Hospital early yesterday, with 55% burns on her body, after her condition deteriorated.

Talking to Dhaka Tribune at the Lakshmipur hospital on Sunday, she claimed she had found that her husband Salahuddin, who was married two years ago, was married to another woman and living with her and two children.

When she met and confronted him on Friday, he denied being married to Shahinur — who is from Sonagazi area in Chittagong’s Raozan upazila.For the two next days she stayed in the area, trying to get justice and recognition, she said.

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But on Sunday, Salahuddin allegedly took her to an empty field near his house, poured kerosene on her, and set her on fire.

Charfalkan Union Parishad Member Hafiz Uddin on Sunday said: “When she came to us seeking justice, we asked for their marriage certificate, which she could not produce. She was supposed to go back home to get it on Sunday.”

Meanwhile, Salahuddin's brothers Abdur Rahman Biswas and Alauddin, Hafiz and Village Defence Police member Abu Taher were detained by police in Lakshmipur’s Kamalnagar upazila yesterday over the incident in Patarirhat area, said Kamalnagar police OC Iqbal Hossain.

He said Shahinur’s father Zafar Ahmed also arrived at Kamalnagar from Chittagong yesterday. “We are talking to him. A case will be filed.” 

The OC said their preliminary investigation also found several locals who claimed Shahinur had set herself alight.

“There is a possibility that she may have done that and then the situation went out of her control.

“But we are still investigating from several points of view. Hopefully, we will make headway soon,” he added.