Newly married woman burnt dead in Keraniganj

A newly married woman was burnt to death allegedly by her husband on suspicion of her extra marital affairs with a man at Keraniganj on the outskirts of the capital this morning.

Irene Akhter, 22, who suffered 99 percent burn injuries on her body, died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) this evening.

Her mother, Taslima Begum, said Irene got married to Jhintu Miah, a salesman at a local shop, on November 14.

She said a week later Jhintu started suspecting her daughter and beating her.

Jhintutoday poured Kerosene on the body of Irene and locked the door of the room from outside. Hearing her screams and seeing fire and smoke billowing out of the room, locals broke it open on the 4th floor of the 6-storey building.

They rushed her to DMCH and informed her in-laws about the matter. Police at DMCH camp arrested Jhintu Miah.

Matchmaker of the marriage Anwar Bepari said Jhintu earlier married once and has a son from that marriage. He divorced his first wife.

Anwar said after over a week of the marriage Jhintu told him that he would divorce Irene. Anwar advised him to talk to the guardians of the woman.

Arbitration was held in which a settlement was reached. The girl went to her parents’ home in Sreenagar upazila of Munshiganj.

Irene’s younger brother Rajib visited his sister’s house when she told him that she was being tortured. Jhintu claimed that Irene committed suicide and said that he was not present in the house at the time.

Jamaluddin Mir, officer-in-charge (OC) of Dakkhin Keraniganj Police Station, told The Daily Star that police were yet to ascertain whether it was a case of murder or suicide.


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