The women's father alleged that the imam had been sexually harassing one of his daughters
Three sisters have beaten up an imam, inside a mosque in Faridganj upazila of Chandpur, after he allegedly refused to marry one of the sisters with whom he had allegedly engaged in a love affair.
The incident occurred during Fazr prayer in a mosque in Sahebganj village, under Rupsa south union 16, on Wednesday.
As the incident unfolded, worshipers at the mosque detained the sisters but released them afterwards.
Confirming the matter, Faridganj police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Abdur Rakib said: "We came to know that the three women—who are sisters—attacked the imam after he refused to marry the sister with whom he had engaged in a love affair."
However, the women's father alleged that the imam—along with some boys—had been sexually harassing one of his daughters for some time.
"I have already filed a complaint with the president of the mosque committee over the matter but got no remedy. On Wednesday, when his daughters went to the mosque to protest the harassment, the imam beat them up. One of my injured daughters is currently undergoing treatment at the hospital."
Locals said three burqa-clad women entered the mosque during the munajat of Fazr prayer. They hurled pepper powder in the imam's eyes and started beating him with some metal wires. At one stage, worshipers caught them and informed the committee members. Later they were released. The imam is being treated at the Raipur Upazila Health Complex in Lakshmipur.
When asked, the mosque committee president said: "After receiving complaints from the father, he fired the imam. The imam left the mosque but later locals brought him back."
Rupsa (south) Union Parishad Chairman Md Iskandar Ali said: "From the sisters' front, we have learned that the imam had a relationship with one of the sisters. However, they attacked him after he rejected a marriage proposal."
He also said the sisters' father is the vice-president of the mosque committee. We will hold a meeting to settle the matter once the situation has de-escalated.
Faridganj police station Officer in-Charge (OC) Abdur Rakib said: "After the sisters attacked, the imam also beat up the sister he had been in a relationship with. Both were injured. The mosque committee seems to be divided over the matter. However, we will record case if formally filed by someone."