A woman was abducted at gun point from a bus by her husband and his men on Wednesday evening. She was travelling to Dhaka from Magura and was in custody of Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK) when the incident took place.
The abducted woman – Farzana Akhter Rani – was accompanied by Ain o Salish Kendra worker Shamshunnahar, who is now hospitalized after sustaining severe injuries in the incident.
According to Shamshunnahar, Farzana had escaped from her husband Rakibul Islam Ripu's house at the beginning of this year as she was unable to tolerate his torture and abuse towards her. She is Rakibul's seventh wife.
On March 4, Farzana came to Dhaka and took shelter in Ain o Salish Kendra's Lalmatia office.
Meanwhile, her husband filed a case against her with Magura Sadar police accusing Farzana of theft and adultery.
Following the case, on March 6, Farzana was taken back to Magura from ASK shelter by the police. At that time, as the victim was in custody of ASK, Shamsunnahar accompanied her as the organisation’s representative.
On March 7, the victim was produced before a court where Shamsunnahar, with the help of a lawyer, appealed for her bail. The court then granted Farzana bail and was allowed to go to Dhaka with the ASK representative. As per the court's order, they both were escorted by the police back to the bus terminal.
Shamsunnahar said: “They boarded a Dhaka-bound bus at 4pm. While crossing the Lakkhikandar intersection, the bus was barricaded by a microbus carrying Rakibul and his men.
“Later, on the instructions of Rakibul, four to five men carrying guns entered the bus and started beating the two women mercilessly, dragging them out on the road.”
Shamsunnahar further said Rakibul's men later threw her to the road and abducted Farzana. “Locals rescued me from the road and brought me to the hospital,” she said.
On the matter, police have assured that all necessary steps are being taken to arrest the culprits and to rescue the victim.