Reshmi Akhter, the mother of a 6-month-old child, was allegedly beaten to death for a dowry of Tk 3 lakh in Nalchiti, Jhalkathi. The husband and in-laws are absconding since the incident. The family of the housewife complained that even after four days of the incident, the police did not take up the case.
However, the police say that a case of wrongful death has been registered in this incident. Further legal action will be taken after the autopsy report is received.
Earlier, the incident took place on Thursday morning in Berpasha village of Bhairab Pasha Union of Nalchiti Upazila. Reshmi is the daughter of Shajahan Khalifa of Baidarapur area of Akter Upazila.
Three years ago, Riaz Howladar, son of Abdul Chalam of Berpasha village of Bhairabpasha union, got married to Reshmi Akhter.
This was discussed with Reshmi’s father Shajahan Khalifa and mother Jobeda Begum. According to their complaint, Riaz Howladar and his family demanded a dowry of Tk 3 lakh from them on the pretext of buying an easy bike after a few months of marriage. Then they handed over 80 thousand rupees to Riaz. But the in-laws started physically and mentally torturing Reshmi as she did not pay the remaining amount.
They alleged that Reshmi was beaten to death with a stick last Thursday morning. Later, he was taken to Jhalkathi Sadar Hospital with a noose hanging around his neck and talking about suicide. Reshmi’s husband and her in-laws left the dead body and ran away knowing that she was dead there. They alleged that Reshmi had injuries in different parts of her body and her hand was broken.
Reshmi’s parents said that despite wanting to file a murder case in this incident, the police did not take the case even after four days and did not arrest the accused. They demanded strict justice for those involved in the murder.
Confirming the truth of the incident, the officer-in-charge (OC) of Nalchiti Murad Ali said, “A case of death has been registered in this incident.” Further legal action will be taken after the autopsy report is received. The accused are absconding since the incident.’
OC said, preliminary investigation found injury marks on the body of the housewife. After the investigation, it can be said that it was murder or suicide.