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Aduri wants punishment for her torturer

Update : 02 Nov 2013, 07:54 PM

Back from the dead, little Aduri has demanded punishment for her employer who had allegedly tortured her and left her injured in a dustbin more than a month ago.

“Nodi madam cut my throat with a blade. She singed my skin with a hot iron. You people please bring her to justice. Nodi used to give me rotten rice to eat. She also put fire in my mouth and burnt my tongue. I hope no other girl has to go through these,” 11-year old Aduri said in a press conference in the capital on Saturday.

The authorities of the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH), where Aduri was being treated, organised the presser to mark Aduri’s farewell. On Saturday she was handed over to her mother after having undergone treatment for more than a month.

Aduri said she was feeling well, expressed her desire to get educated and become a nurse or a police officer when she grew up.

Police recovered a battered and bruised Aduri from a dustbin in the city’s Baridhara area on September 23. She was admitted to the One Stop Crisis Centre of DMCH three days later.

Earlier this month, police pressed charge sheet against Nodi and her mother Ishrat – both now in jail – in a case filed in connection with the torture by Aduri’s uncle.

A specialised medical board was formed to look after Aduri’s treatment. The little girl, who weighed a meagre 17kg, now weighs a relatively healthy 25kg.

At the press conference, Aduri’s mother Shafia Begum said she did not have words to express her feelings after getting her daughter back. With teary eyes, she demanded exemplary punishment for Nodi, Aduri’s employer.

She also called upon everyone to extend their support to her family of nine children. The DMCH authorities have opened a bank account for Shafia Begum so that people could financially help Aduri. The savings account number is 25605, Janata Bank, DMCH branch.

Addressing the press conference, DMCH Director Mostafizur Rahman said: “We are feeling genuinely happy to be able to hand Aduri over to her parents after curing her. Now she can even dance although she was unable to stand just a few days ago.”

The DMCH director also said although Aduri had been fully cured physically, she was still to get over the psychological trauma. He, however, expressed hopes that she would recover from the trauma soon.

At the end of the conference, the hospital authorities handed over Tk10,000 cash, toys, clothes and ornaments to Aduri.

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