The incident has raised discussions and created a huge sensation
Four people, including a union parishad (UP) chairman and Jubo Dal president, have been accused of torturing a woman in Burimari upazila of Lalmonirhat.
The victim, 45, lodged a complaint against Burimari UP Chairman, Abu Sayeed Newaz Nishat, Burimari union Jubo Dal President, Rafiqul Islam, member of ward number 8 of the same union parishad, Hasanuzzaman Hasan, and his associate Rubel, with Patgram police station, on May 1.
She alleged that the four and a few others broke into her house in Ufarmara Guriatari area in Burimari, in the early hours of May 1, and physically assaulted her by falsely accusing her as a prostitute – in front of her husband and children.
A case was later filed based on the complaint.
The incident has raised discussions and created a huge sensation in Lalmonirhat district.
According to the case statement, a few days back, a man named Matiar Rahman grabbed the victim's lands. But when she and her husband went to UP Chairman Newaz to lodge a complaint, instead of heeding her, the chairman sided with Matiar.
After an argument ensued with the victim and the chairman over the issue, the chairman and his supporters started to threaten the victim and her husband in different manners.
Later, around 2am on May 1, Newaz, Rafiqul, Hasan, Rubel and a few of Newaz's supporters broke into the woman's house, vandalized it and hit her mercilessly with locally-made weapons. When her husband and son tried to stop the attackers, they beat them as well, the case statement says.
Critically injured on the head and different parts of her body, the victim is currently undergoing treatment at Patgram Hospital.
Talking to this correspondent, the woman said: "When I went to the chairman to ask for justice after Matiar grabbed my lands, not only did he not listen to me, he took Matiar's side instead. Then I argued with him over the matter."
She continued: "Enraged at me, the chairman, and his supporters, broke into my house in the early hours of May 1, and tortured me in front of my husband and two children. Even they were not spared, when they rushed to protect me."
She said her attackers assaulted her making false claims of her being a prostitute. "They hurled abuses at me, even while they were torturing me.
"I want justice."
Despite repeated attempts at making contact, the UP chairman could not be reached over the phone to talk on the issue.
UP member, Hasanuzzaman Hasan, however, said the victim's character was "questionable". "Local people beat her because she was engaging in illicit activities. Then I heard she lodged a case against me, and three others, including the UP chairman."
Patgram police station Officer-in-Charge (OC), Mansur Ali, said: "We obtained the victim's written complaint; a case has been filed based on the statement."
The OC added that until proven in the court, no one can be called a prostitute.