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Acid attack survivor SSC examinee allegedly commits suicide

  • Published at 10:21 pm February 22nd, 2018
  • Last updated at 10:46 pm February 22nd, 2018
Acid attack survivor SSC examinee allegedly commits suicide
Mahiya Akther Babli had survived an acid attack by her father when she was only seven months old, but she finally gave up on life on Wednesday, in the middle of her SSC exams. The body of the 16-year-old was found hanging from the ceiling of her room at a rented apartment in Baimhati area under Tangail's Mirzapur upazila, police said. She was sharing the apartment with her classmate Asia Khatun Jaya to attend the exams. Both of them had lost their hostel seats at Bharateshwari Homes for indiscipline recently. Babli's mother Parul Begum, who lives in Dhaka, has already filed a case in this connection, alleging that Jaya and her mother used to verbally abuse her daughter at the apartment. But the reason behind her death is still unclear. Mirzapur police station OC AKM Mizanul Haque said police had sent the girl's body to the hospital morgue for an autopsy. He said they had detained a person for interrogation over the girl's suicide. “Whether she committed suicide over psychological pressure can not be ascertained yet.” Talking to BBC Bangla, a journalist, who knew about Babli's struggle as an acid attack survivor, also noted that parts of her neck and face was deformed and she was bullied by other girls at the school. The journalist, who preferred not to be named, said Babli's deformity was caused by the acid attack she survived when she was only seven months old. Babli's father Bakhtiar Rana did not want a girl child and threw acid on her face. Since then, the mother and the daughter had been living separately, the journalist said. Talking to the Dhaka Tribune, Bharateswari Homes Principal Protibha Haldar said Babli and Jaya had more than one complaints of indiscipline lodged against them and the authority had to expel the two girls from the hostel.