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Unrest over ‘uncle-niece’ marriage, husband and wife died

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Siam and Shahinur were cousins. Their love was not hindered by the complexity of the relationship. They also got married. However, the family did not accept them considering the love-marriage of two people in such a relationship as ‘look-alike’ in the eyes of the society. The couple chose to commit suicide after six months of marriage out of shame. That’s what the police said.

The suicide of Siam-Shahinur couple took place in Bancharampur of Brahmanbaria on Monday. However, experts have confirmed that such a marriage is valid in Islam.

According to the Bancharampur police station, Siam (19), a tenant of Samad Bhandari’s house adjacent to the post office in Bancharampur, and his wife Shahinur (19) of Dariyadaulat village, consumed insect killer ‘curry tablets’ together to commit suicide on Monday afternoon. Locals took them to Bancharampur Upazila Health Complex for treatment in critical condition. The doctor on duty referred both to Dhaka Medical College Hospital for better treatment. Shahinur died on the way to Dhaka. Siam died at Siddhirganj hospital in Narayanganj district.

Siam’s father’s name is Rafiq Mia and Shahinur’s father is Zainal Mia. Siam-Shahinur got married six months ago after 2 years of love. They are cousins. Groom Siam is bride Shahinur’s aunt’s brother-in-law. Because of this, Shahinur’s family did not accept this marriage.

It is known that Shahinur-Siam couple lived in a rented house with Siam’s mother in Bancharampur. Due to the family turmoil, they both chose to commit suicide by eating Kerry’s tablets.

Bancharampur Police Station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Mohiuddin Ahmed said Shahinur’s body was autopsied in Brahmanbaria. Siddhirganj Thana police of Narayanganj district took all legal measures including autopsy. A wrongful death case has been registered in this regard at Bancharampur Model Police Station.

When asked about the legality of maternal uncle-niece marriage, Bangladesh Islamic Writers Forum General Secretary Mufti Amin Iqbal said, ‘In Islam, maternal uncle-niece marriage is illegal. There is no bar to marriage between uncles and nieces who are distantly related, except for own uncles and nieces, it is valid. However, in the social reality of our country, many people consider this type of marriage to be a sight. It should not be viewed negatively if one marries a distant uncle or niece.’


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