Sumaiya Khatun (26), a master’s degree student of Islamic Studies department at DU, was found hanging from the ceiling at her father-in-law’s house at Harishpur Baganbari in Natore Sadar upazila on Sunday night.
Police arrested her mother-in-law Syeda Maleka and sister-in-law Jui Khatun soon after the victim’s mother Nuzhat Sultana filed a murder case last night in connection with the incident, our local correspondent reports quoting police.
Police are continuing an operation to nab Sumaiya’s husband Mostaq Hossain and father-in-law Zakir Hossain, as they went into hiding since the incident took place, said Officer-in-charge of Natore Sadar Police Station Jahangir Alam.
Sumaiya’s uncle Ahmed Ali said, “My sister used to tell me Sumaiya was tortured by her father-in-law, mother-in-law, sister-in-law and her husband several times.”
Mostaq cheated Sumaiya by identifying himself as a BUET engineer and married her last year, Ahmad Ali claimed.
He added they came to know later that Mostaq was a diploma engineer and obtained the degree from a private technical college in Natore.
Sumaiya and Mostaq used to live in Dhaka and Sumaiya’s father Siddiqur Rahman bore all their expenses, as Mostaq was unemployed.
But Siddiqur Rahman died six months ago and his family could not pay the couple’s expenses, Sumaiya’s uncle said.
Later they moved to a house in Harishpur area, he added.
Plaintiff Nuzhat Sultana said, “My daughter wanted to be self-dependent but her husband did not let her live. I want a fair trial for the murder of my daughter.”