The Natore police on Tuesday confirmed that they had arrested two women pertaining to a case filed over the death of a Dhaka University student in her in-laws house.
Sumaiya Khatun, a master’s degree student of Islamic studies department, was taken by her in-laws at Natore Sadar Hospital where doctors declared her dead on Sunday night.
Police arrested Sumaiya’s mother-in-law Syeda Maleka and sister-in-law Juthi Khatun on Monday night hours after the victim’s mother Nuzhat Sultana filed a murder case with the police accusing four people for killing her daughter, confirmed the investigation officer of the case and Natore Sadar police inspector (investigation) Abdul Matin.
Sumaiya’s in-laws, however, claimed that she had committed suicide by hanging herself from a ceiling fan and later they took her to the hospital, said police.
Nuzhat in the case complained that Sumaiya’s in-laws had been torturing her daughter both physically and mentally as she was trying to complete her studies and get a job.
They always badgered and pressed her to quit her studies and to concentrate on household works, Nuzhat added.
Sumaiya’s uncle Mohammad Ali said that she was married to Mostaque Hossain last year and the couple started living in Dhaka as she was yet to complete her studies.
Sumaiya’s father Siddiqur Rahman, a teacher of a local college, was bearing the family expenses of the couple and the paying them for her studies.
However, when Siddiqur died six months ago, there was nobody to pay them every month, said Mohammad Ali.
Months later Sumaiya and her husband left returned to her in-law’s house at Harishpur Baganbari at Natore Sadar upazila and the family often had quarrels over the issue, he added.
He also said that there was another issue that made the situation more problematic.
During the marriage, Mostaque Hossain said he was an engineer who completed his MSc from BUET. But later it was revealed that he just obtained a diploma engineering degree from a private technical college in Natore.
Mohammad Ali, however, did not confirm whether he had any jobs or regular income.
Natore police superintendent Liton Kumar Saha said that they were trying to catch Sumaiya’s husband and father-in-law Zakir Hossain, who were unavailable at their addresses.
Bangladesh Mahila Parishad in a statement on Tuesday demanded immediate arrest of all the accused, impartial investigation into the case and exemplary punishment for the killers.
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