Newly-wed couple ‘whipped’

The victims were identified as Ripon Sheikh, 35, and his wife Nargis Akhter, 20. Ripon, a member of Communist Party of Bangladesh, is the son of Nabi Hossain from Moddhopara Union’s Kathaldia village in the upazila.

He alleged that he and his newly married wife Nargis were whipped by Moddhopara Union Chairman Alim Al Razi on Monday night.

Ripon told he and his wife, daughter of Abul Hossain from the village, married without approval from either families at Dhaka’s District Judges Court on Monday.

Additional Public Prosecutor Aziz Al Rumi registered their marraige.

The Union Council Chairman called them up to his office on Monday night when they returned to village, Ripon said.

When they arrived at his office, Ripon alleged, the Chairman described the marraige as ‘illegitimate’ and whipped him and his wife 33 times. .

Ripon filed a complaint with the Sirajdikhan Police Station last night.

Chairman Alim Al Razi told he did not whip them. “Their families punished them,” he claimed.

The couple visited a local hospital for medical attention.

Sirajdikhan Police Station Officer in-Charge told on Tuesday they have started investigating the matter.

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